Houston Rockets vs. Portland Trail Blazers 2014 NBA Playoffs Game 6 will begin today at 7:30 p.m. PT/10:30 p.m. ET on Friday, May 2, 2014. The No. 4 seed Rockets will be visiting the No.5 seed Trail Blazers at Rose Quarter in Portland, Oregon. Information on how to watch Trail Blazers vs. Rockets or Rockets vs. Trail Blazers Game 5 live stream free online can be found below.
Going into Game 6, the Rockets are still down 3-2 in the series despite winning Game 5 for a 108-98 victory on Wednesday. If they lose tonight's game, their summer vacation will begin this weekend.
"I don't want to go on vacation," Dwight Howard said, the AP reported. "I want to win. I want to give everything I've got. Every night, put my heart into it and sacrifice my body and do whatever I can to help this team win. It's not going to be easy."
Dwight Howard had 22 points and 14 rebounds and Jeremy Lin made a comeback from crucial mistakes in Game 4 with 21 points off the bench.
Portland's All-Star LaMarcus Aldridge was shut-down with only eight points after he averaged 35.3 points in the first four games. Wesley Matthews led the Blazers with 27 points and Damian Lillard added 26 more.
"We're not hanging our heads at all. We believe in each other and in that entire locker room nobody thinks this series is over," Rockets forward Chandler Parsons said, according to AP. "We have a chance to do something special here and we've got to continue to do that and take it one game at a time."
Blazers center Robin Lopez believes his team still has the edge with the Game 5 loss.
"I think we may have underestimated how desperate they were going to come out," he said, according to AP. "I'm excited for Game 6 and I know that they will come out with a greater level of intensity and confidence and we will have to try and match it, overcome it."
In Game 3, Rockets won 121-116 in overtime on Friday night. James Harden had a career playoff-high 37 points on 13-of-35 shooting in Friday's game. Through pick-and-roll with Harden, Howard had 24 points and 14 rebounds.
Portland's LaMarcus Aldridge was effectively kept at 23 points. He had over 40 points in the first two games, but the Rockets' Howard and Omer Asik kept him at bay in Game 3.
"We're still in control, the pressure is still on them," said Aldridge, according to NBA.com. "They lost two home so they're trying to come here and they have to take two. They came out and played as they should, they played like they were desperate and needed a win, like they didn't want their season to end."
Despite such kind of rhetoric, Harden said, "The pressure is on them. Sunday is going to be a great game and we have to do a great job of being ready, being focused. We have to quiet runs to a minimum and just be out there for four quarters. The hustle plays, the loose balls, we have to get all of those."
In Game 1, Rockets missed several opportunities to stamp out the Trail Blazers after losing the lead multiple times. The score was 120-122. But losing again in Game 2, it is evident that Rockets could not stop Trail Blazers' LaMarcus Aldridge from scoring past 40 points per game. On Wednesday night, Aldridge leads his team in scoring 43 points in the 112-105 win.
Rockets' center Dwight Howard said it's no time to panic.
"We've played against Portland in the regular season and we were successful. We just got to play basketball. We can't look back. We have to stay positive," he said, according to NBA.com. "They (Portland) won two games but it's the first to four and we can't let our heads down. We dug a hole but we can always get out of it."
Guard James Harden was the league's top shooting guard in the regular season, but Portland's Wesley Matthews and Nicolas Batum worked effectively to block him. Harden was 14 of 47 from the field in the Playoffs, his worst two games of the season.
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