Apr 27, 2014; Portland, OR, USA; Houston Rockets center Dwight Howard (12) drives past Portland Trail Blazers center Robin Lopez (42) during the first quarter in game four of the first round of the 2014 NBA Playoffs at the Moda Center. Mandatory Credit: Craig Mitchelldyer-USA TODAY Sports

NBA Playoffs 2014: Thomas Robinson blocks Dwight Howard (GIF)


The Portland Trail Blazers went into the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas and took each of the first two games from the Houston Rockets in their first round best-of-seven playoff series.

The two teams headed northwest to the Moda Center in Portland for game and rookie Troy Daniels, who played just 75 total minutes during the regular season, drilled a game-winning three-pointer with 11 seconds to play to give the Rockets a huge win and potentially save their season.

That set up a huge game 4 on Sunday night in Portland. With a win, the Blazers could take complete control of the series and head back to Houston Wednesday with a chance to win the series. If the Rockets were able to get a victory, they would reclaim the home court advantage they lost in game 1 last week.

The Rockets’ improvement can be largely credited to the signing of Dwight Howard, who is the NBA’s best defender over the last six or seven seasons.

During the third quarter Sunday, it was Blazers’ big man Thomas Robinson, who did his best Howard impression, blocking Howard’s attempt to finish an alley-oop.

GIF: Full Thomas Robinson block on Dwight Howard on Twitpic

Thanks to @cjzero for the GIF.

Tags: Dwight Howard Houston Rockets NBA Playoffs 2014 Portland Trail Blazers Thomas Robinson

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