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2014 NBA Playoffs: Portland Trail Blazers vs. Houston Rockets Looks To Be An Exciting Series

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The Portland Trail Blazers outlasted the Golden State Warriors on Sunday night in overtime, 119-117. Stephen Curry was absolutely on fire all game long, dropping 47 points while his Splash Brother Klay Thompson contributed 25 points all in the second half, but it wasn’t enough for the Warriors.

LaMarcus Aldridge and Wesley Matthews combined to score 50 points, and six Blazers scored more than 13 points. The game was an absolute thriller as both teams were on fire down the stretch, hitting three after three and making big play after big play. The game was a great indicator of what we’ll see come playoff time from these two teams, but only one team knows who they’ll be facing when April’s festivities finally kick off.

At worst, the Blazers will be the fifth seed out West, with an outside chance of leapfrogging the Houston Rockets for the fourth seed. Portland is just one game behind the Rockets in the loss column, but Houston holds the tiebreaker, meaning Houston would have to drop both of its’ final two games and the Blazers would have to win their remaining game to slide into the No. 4 seed.

Earlier in the year, I outlined why the Rockets would top the Blazers in a seven-game series. Since then, Portland has fallen off significantly, but that doesn’t mean that this matchup won’t be highly contested. I mean, you could say the same thing about the Rockets lately, right? Houston averaged a whopping 116 points per game against Portland this year, while the Blazers have averaged an also-impressive 109.5 points in their four matchups with the Rockets.

I don’t think I’m going out on much of a limb when I say that the No. 4 vs. No. 5 matchup out West will be the most exciting first-round series we see this year, although the Splash Brothers might have something to say about that.

Mike De Moor is an NBA writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @MikeDeMoor, “like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.

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