The Rockets inserted Eric Gordon into the starting lineup Tuesday in an attempt to give their first unit a boost and it paid off.
Houston topped the Trail Blazers, 111-103, despite trailing by as many as 15 in the first quarter. The win ended a three-game losing streak for the Rockets and they'll hope to build on their success with the change.
Gordon contributed 14 points on 6-of-13 shooting while James Harden showcased his proficiency as a scorer by pouring in a team-high 29 points. Houston also benefited from the all-around effort of Chris Paul, who recorded his first triple double of the year with 11 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists on a cold shooting night.
Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum led Portland with 34 and 22 points, respectively.
The Rockets have struggled so far this season but Tuesday was definitely a bright spot for them.
Studs of the Night
Bryn Forbes scored a game-high 24 points and was a perfect 5-of-5 shooting from 3-point range in a 111-86 victory for the Spurs over the Suns.
T.J. Warren scored a team-high 23 points for the Suns on 9-of-16 shooting in their loss to the Spurs.
Duds of the Night
Josh Jackson played a team-high 35 minutes for the Suns but scored just seven points on 2-of-14 shooting.
Clippers guard Avery Bradley failed to score and missed all six of his shots in his team's 123-99 loss to the Raptors.
Milos Teodosic was slinging dimes left and right for the Clippers against the Raptors.