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                === Lillard leads Blazers past Rockets in OT ===
 
 Portland,  OR (Sports Network)  - Damian Lillard scored 14 of his 27 points in
 the  final  8:03, rallying the Portland  Trail Blazers to another overtime win
 over the Houston Rockets, this time by a 119-117 decision at the Rose Garden.
 
 The  Blazers pulled out  a 95-85 overtime victory at the Toyota Center on Nov.
 3, and needed to  erase a 16-point deficit just to force an extra five minutes
 on Friday.
 
 "When  those guys are  hitting shots like that, nobody in the world's going to
 stop  them,"  the Rockets' Chandler Parsons  said of the Blazers' hot shooting
 down the stretch.
 
 Nicolas  Batum  was the catalyst  for the  comeback, finishing with 35 points,
 while  LaMarcus  Aldridge added  29 points, including  the go-ahead free throw
 late  in  OT to give  Portland its second straight  win coming off a four-game
 slide.
 
 "For  a long stretch of the game it wasn't going how we wanted it, but when it
 mattered, we played pretty well," Portland head coach Terry Stotts said.
 
 James  Harden  logged 29 points  to pace the Rockets,  losers in five of their
 last  seven  games. Omer Asik  added 16 points  and 16 rebounds before fouling
 out, while Jeremy Lin logged 11 points, 11 assists and six boards in defeat.
 
 A breakneck fourth quarter featured a combined 65 points, eight 3-pointers and
 plenty of clutch shots, particularly from Houston's Marcus Morris and Lillard,
 who each netted 11 points in the frame.
 
 The  Rockets held  a 105-100 lead before Lillard scored seven straight points,
 the last two coming from the foul line with 1:37 remaining. Harden, who turned
 the  ball over  on the previous possession, answered with a 3-pointer from the
 right wing before Lillard took Lin to the hole on back-to-back possessions.
 
 First  he drove left and finished with his right hand, and after Batum blocked
 Asik  at the rim, the Weber State product pulled up from nine feet and hit one
 with a hand in his face for a 111-108 lead with 17.9 seconds to go.
 
 After  a timeout,  Morris fired from five  feet behind the arc and drained the
 tying 3-pointer with 10.9 ticks showing. On the final touch of regulation, the
 Rockets  put Toney  Douglas on Lillard, who was forced into an off-balanced 3-
 point try that hit iron as time expired.
 
 Asik  committed his  sixth  foul with  1:21 remaining  in  the extra  session.
 Aldridge hit 1-of-2 from the foul line for a 117-116 edge, and Harden lost the
 ball out of bounds at the other end.
 
 Aldridge added a turnaround jumper for a three-point lead, and Batum blocked a
 driving  Harden  out of bounds.  After the Rockets  called a timeout with 29.4
 seconds  left,  Douglas missed a wide  open 3-point attempt in the corner with
 the  shot  clock winding  down. Harden  grabbed the  offensive rebound and was
 fouled  with 1.4  seconds on  the clock.  He missed  the first  attempt before
 intentionally  missing the second, and time ran out before Houston got another
 shot off.
 
 Parsons,  who also  recorded a  double-double with  19 points and 11 rebounds,
 scored  eight  points in the first  quarter, including two on a late alley-oop
 slam from Harden that gave the Rockets a 27-22 lead.
 
 Houston led by as many as 16 in the second quarter by making 11 of their first
 16  shots,  but Portland  scored the  final eight  points of  the half to pull
 within 58-51 at intermission.
 
 A  Patrick  Patterson putback pushed  the Rockets'  margin to 72-57 before the
 Blazers  began chipping  away  midway  through the  third.  Batum then  scored
 Portland's first 10 points during a 14-2 run over the final 4 1/2 minutes.
 
 The  flurry cut the  deficit to 79-78, and Wesley Matthews' layup on the first
 possession of the fourth gave Portland its first lead of the second half.
 
                                   Game Notes
 
 The  Rockets fell  to 2-2 under interim  coach Kelvin Sampson, who is still at
 the  helm  as head  coach Kevin  McHale deals  with a  personal matter ... The
 Rockets  scored 18 more  points in the paint (50-32) and had 13 more fastbreak
 points  (24-11) ... Morris netted 16 points, while Matthews and Patterson each
 had 15 ... Houston had won three straight at the Rose Garden.
 
 11/17 03:03:27 ET

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