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Houston Rockets Notes, Quotes 2009-11-01

Houston Rockets Notes, Quotes 2009-11-01--On Wednesday, Trevor Ariza's 25 points were one shy of his career high. By Saturday, he went well past that, finishing with 33, and made a run at his lifetime best, the 37 points he scored at Westchester High. He did not sound as if he thought the output would prove an aberration.

"I'm definitely trying to be more aggressive," Ariza said. "That's what my team needs from me. It's definitely new for me. My whole time in the NBA I've been playing behind the best players. I never really was the first or second option."

--In the season opener against Portland, the Rockets were outrebounded 51-31. On Saturday against Portland, they were within five rebounds, and in a decisive fourth-quarter run, grabbed five consecutive defensive rebounds after the Trail Blazers missed shots while pushing the lead to 11.

"I think Portland really killed us in rebounding last game and by committee, we did a good job of rebounding," Aaron Brooks said. "I don't think anybody had over six rebounds but we all had a rebound. We only got outrebounded by five this time."

--The Rockets are 14-1 against the Blazers at Toyota Center, including last season's three first-round playoff wins. The Rockets have won 11 of 12 regular-season meetings with the Blazers in Houston, including their past five.

QUOTE TO NOTE: "It's still early, so it really doesn't mean anything, but it's a step in the right direction. But I don't think they're that much better than we are. They have a few bigs and they have length and all that stuff. But we want to win, too, just like everybody else. And we have the heart to win." -- Trevor Ariza.

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Added: November 1, 2009


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