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).