Troy Daniels Hits the Game-Winning 3-Pointer to beat the Blazers
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Troy Daniels hit a go-ahead three with 11 seconds remaining as the Houston Rockets avoided a 3-0 series deficit against the Portland Trail Blazers, 121-116, Saturday at the Moda Center in Portland, Oregon.
The Blazers erased an 11-point fourth quarter deficit at the 1:59 mark, as Damien Lillard connected on a drive to push Portland ahead, 107-106. James Harden then created some separation by nailing all of his charities from two trips to the line, 110-107, but Nic Batum buried a long bomb to tie the game at 110-all with 41 seconds remaining. Harden went for the go-ahead basket with 26 seconds but missed. Luckily for the Rockets, Lillard also couldn’t connect with his attempt to win the game, forcing overtime.
In extra time, Batum, Aldridge and Lillard all found ways to post poinst while Howard and Harden Struggled from the field. Four from Jeremy Lin cut the Blazers’ lead to two at the 2:41 mark, 116-114, before Harden connected on a banker to tie the game with 1:51 remaining. The two teams traded misses until the final seconds of the game, when Lin whipped a pass to Troy Daniels for the go-ahead three, 119-116. Batum tried to get it back, but his attempt missed, leading to two Harden insurance freethrows with one second remaining.
The Blazers (No. 5) now lead the Rockets (No. 4) 2-1 in the series.