It was a historic night on Monday.
With the Houston Rockets in town, the Portland Trail Blazers got off to a hot start in large part to their three-point shooting. Portland buried 12 of 16 threes in the first quarter to tie an NBA record.
The 50-point first quarter was also a franchise record for the Blazers, who took a 50-33 lead after 12 minutes. Portland’s 50 points on Monday night are tied for the third-most points Houston has ever allowed in a quarter.
The Blazers previous record of 49 points dates back to Nov. 25, 1990 when Portland blew past the San Antonio Spurs to take a 49-18 lead in the first quarter. The Trail Blazers have also recorded two 49-point fourth quarters: one against Boston on Jan. 3, 1976 and Denver on Feb. 13, 1981.
CJ McCollum had 21 of Portland's 50 first-quarter points, and was a perfect 5-of-5 from three-point range. Norman Powell added 13 points in the first quarter as well.
The Blazers recorded 14 three-pointers at halftime, which also tied a franchise record.
Portland cooled off in the second quarter after the bench began chipping in, but maintains a 79-63 lead over Houston at halftime. Catch all the action in the second half on NBCSNW, the official network of the Portland Trail Blazers.