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11/11/2000 - Oregonian
Williams finds a niche in Houston
11/10/2000 - Houston Chronicle
Francis, Mobley fail in role as team's catalysts
11/10/2000 - Houston Chronicle
Blazers burn up Rockets
11/10/2000 - Oregonian
Blazers win battle of backcourts
Blazers Pound Rocks
Steve Smith, Blazers cruise to 111-88 win over Rockets in Portland
By Clutch

Steve Smith and Damon Stoudamire combined to score 48 points on 64% shooting, 15 assists and 10 boards -- compare that to our three guards (19 points, 10 assists, 8 boards) and it's not hard to see how this was a rout
Wizard clanged off the iron 9 of his 12 shots -- take out Walt's damage and the rest of the team shoots a respectable 51.5% from the field
This was just flat out ugly.

The Rockets, looking about as confused as a bunch of Palm Beach voters in front of a coloring book, couldn't get much going all night and were torpedoed by the Blazers 111-88 in Portland.

The loss drops the Rocks to 3-4 on the season.

Steve Smith put up 25 points, 8 boards and 7 assists while Damon Stoudamire torched Steve Francis for 23 points and 8 assists.

The Rockets' guards could get nothing going as Francis put up just 6 shots for a total of 9 points and 6 assists. Cuttino Mobley also had a forgettable evening, scoring just 8 points.

Bottom line: Both sucked eggs.

In fact, if it wasn't for season highs from two players in the Rockets' frontcourt the team might have lost by 50.

Hakeem Olajuwon scored a season-high 17 points on 8-12 shooting while Jason Collier scored a career high 12 points to go with 4 boards in 12 minutes. Took a sweet give-and-go dish from Francis that resulted in a nice reverse layup by the rookie big man.

But that was it as far as highlights. Walt Williams missed 9 of his 12 shots.

The Rockets were manhandled on the glass by the much larger Blazers and the defense that held the Lakers and Grizzlies to 74 points was non-existant: Portland shot nearly 61% to amass 111 points.

The Rockets just looked lifeless -- they did not have a single fast break point in the first half as the Blazers led 55-42 at intermission and cruised from there. The Rockets never got closer than 19 points in the final quarter.

Somehow though you reach down deep and find a silver lining:

Dan Langhi saw his first action of the season (1-4 shooting, 2 points).

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