The Houston Rockets look to even up their playoff series with the Portland Trail Blazers at a game apiece when the two teams get together for the second game of their best-of-seven series at Toyota Center.

The Rockets have their backs up against the all after losing the first game of the series in O-T on Sunday night 122-120. The Rockets couldn’t contain LaMarcus Aldridge of Portland. The former Texas Longhorn star poured in 46 points on Sunday night.

The Rockets also couldn’t get one of their stars going. James Harden missed 20 shots, and even though he wound up with 27 points, he said he needs to play better, and that Portland isn’t just happy to be in the playoffs.

“They’re a good team. They have a lot of guys that can put the ball in the basket,” Harden said. “I have to play better. I was kind of rusty and I have to shake it off.”

Dwight Howard also scored 27 points for the Rockets on Sunday night. But he also went 9-of-17 from the free throw line and says his actions have to be louder than his words as a team leader.

“The biggest thing is going out and playing. I can say whatever I want to these guys, but they are not going to follow me unless I do my job. That’s what I intend to do,” Howard said.

Rockets guard Pat Beverly, despite a knee injury, has been cleared to play tonight.

Tipoff is scheduled for 8:30 and you can catch all of the action on our sister station and home for Houston Rockets basketball, Sports Talk 790.