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Blazers drop summer-league opener

Webster scores 29 in 88-82 loss to Houston

Second-year pro Martell Webster poured in 29 points, and first-round draft pick Brandon Roy had 12 points and eight assists, but the Trail Blazers lost their Las Vegas Summer League opener 88-82 to Houston on Thursday.

Webster hit 10 of 19 shots from the field in 35 minutes at Cox Pavilion. The 6-6 Roy, starting his summer at point guard instead of his more natural 2 guard role, was 4 of 7 in 29 minutes and had all but five of Portland's assists.

The Blazers' only other double-figure scorers were forward Fred House (10 points on 3-for-6 shooting in 16 minutes) and Travis Outlaw (32 minutes, 3 for 12 from the field, team-high six rebounds).

Portland scored the first four points, but Houston went on an 11-0 run to lead 25-11 after one quarter. The Blazers won the second quarter 19-8 to close within 33-30 at the half in the league opener, but Houston took command with a 29-20 edge in the third quarter.

John Lucas Jr. led the Rockets with 26 points. Pat Carroll and Steve Novak added 22 points apiece for Houston.

La Marcus Aldridge, the No. 1 pick in the June 28 NBA draft, played 33 minutes for Portland and had eight points and three rebounds, going 4 of 9 from the floor.

Another Blazer draft pick, Joel Freeland, had two points and three rebounds in 12 minutes.

Returning center Ha Seung-Jin had no points and no rebounds in seven minutes off the bench.

Portland's second of five games will take place at 6 p.m. Friday against Golden State.