Blazers Win in an OT Thriller to Take a 3-1 Series Lead

Lead by all-star LaMarcus Aldridge, who had an outstanding performance, with 29 points, 10 rebounds, 2 steals, 4 blocks, and only 1 turnover on 12-23 shooting, the Trailblazers were able to defeat the Rockets 123-120 in an OT thriller. The Trailblazers had 4 players with over 20 points. Damian Lilliard with 23, and 8 assists, Matthews with 21, and Batum with 25 6 assists and 6 boards.

The Rockets were lead by Dwight Howard who had 25 points, 14 rebounds, 2 blocks, and 2 steals on 7-14 shooting and going 11-17 from the stripe. Parsons had 26 points and 8 rebounds on an excellent 11-18 shooting while Harden struggled for 28 points on a poor 9-21 shooting going 3-11 from beyond the arc and losing the ball 5 times. Rookie Troy Daniels had 17 points shooting 5-7, going 4-5 from 3 point range as well as going 3-3 from the stripe hitting clutch free throws.

Down the stretch, the game was very close, just like all the other games this series. Aldridge had blocks, Dwight had blocks, Batum dropped a lay-up and a 3 back-to-back for a comeback. This game was very exciting just like every other game in this series. Dwight kept the Rockets in the game while Harden had a few turnovers and missed shots. In over-time the Blazers were up by 4 when sensational rookie Troy Daniels got fouled and knocked down 3 free throws and cut the lead to 1. The Rockets then got the ball back with the score being 123-120, Pat Beverly came up clutch with a steal the seal the game.





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