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Blazers outlast Rockets in Game 1 OT
(L-R) LaMarcus Aldridge and Terrence Jones
LaMarcus Aldridge (left) had 46 points and 18 rebounds for Portland.
Houston, TX ( - Damian Lillard knocked down the go-ahead free throws with 17 seconds left to help the Portland Trail Blazers to a 122-120 overtime win over the Houston Rockets in Game 1 of this Western Conference quarterfinal series.

After Francisco Garcia and Dwight Howard both split their respective free throws for a 120-119 edge, Lillard drove to the basket and was fouled by the former.

The 87-percent foul shooter calmly sank both attempts for a 121-120 Blazers edge.  continue>>

Awards time
By Jim Brighters, NBA Editor
Philadelphia, PA ( - The regular season is behind us.

The postseason awaits.

In two short months from now, the NBA will crown its champion, but before then, there are individual honors to be passed out. We shall examine who is most deserving and who will actually win because, let's face it, the two aren't always the same.  continue>>

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