HOUSTON -- LaMarcus Aldridge scored 43 points and Damian Lillard made six free throws down the stretch to give the Portland Trail Blazers a 112-105 win over the Houston Rockets on Wednesday night and a 2-0 lead in the first-round playoff series.
James Harden knocked down a three-pointer with about 30 seconds left to get the Rockets to within three. Lillard made two free throws before Harden fouled out on the next possession. Mo Williams and Lillard both made a pair of free throws after that to secure the win.
Aldridge became the first player with consecutive 40-point games in the playoffs since LeBron James did it in May of 200. Aldridge scored a career-high and franchise playoff-record 46 in an overtime win in Game 1.
Dwight Howard was unstoppable early and scored 25 points in the first half, but managed only seven in the second half.
Dallas 113, at San Antonio 92:
Shawn Marion scored 20 points,
Manu Ginobili had 27 points,
Dallas didn't relent in Game 2 after blowing a 10-point lead in the final eight minutes of the series opener. San Antonio's ineptness, however, had as much to do with the series being even. The Spurs averaged 14.4 turnovers during the regular season, but had 15 with three minutes left in the first half.
They finished with 22 turnovers, which resulted in 33 points for the Mavericks.
at Miami 101, Charlotte 97:
Dwyane Wade scored 15 points, and had a steal in the final seconds to help seal the win for Miami.
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist scored 22 points and