Nuggets Lead Still Safe, Blazers Lose To Rockets

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HOUSTON (AP) - Ron Artest scored 21 points, Aaron Brooks had 20 and the Houston Rockets moved past Portland in the Western Conference standings with a 98-94 victory over the Trail Blazers on Tuesday night.

Luis Scola had 15 points and 11 rebounds - his fifth straight double-double - for the Rockets, who came in trailing Portland by a half-game for fourth place in the west.

Brandon Roy scored 24 and Lamarcus Aldridge added 21 points with eight rebounds for the Blazers, who've lost nine of their last 10 games in Houston.

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