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Portland Trail Blazers fans hold up signs depicting Houston Rockets guard James Harden, during the first half of Game 3 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series in Portland, Ore., Friday, April 25, 2014. (AP Photo/Don Ryan)
NBA playoffs: Troy Daniels’ 3-pointer lifts Rockets over Blazers, 121-116
First Published Apr 25 2014 11:55 pm • Last Updated Apr 26 2014 11:32 pm

Portland, Ore. • Troy Daniels hit a 3-pointer with 11.9 seconds left and the Houston Rockets narrowed Portland’s first-round playoff advantage to 2-1 with a 121-116 overtime victory over the Trail Blazers on Friday night.

James Harden broke out of a slump with a career playoff-best 37 points and Dwight Howard added 24 points and 14 rebounds for the Rockets.

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LaMarcus Aldridge had more than 40 points in each of Portland’s victories in the first two games in Houston. But Omer Asik did a good job of shutting him down in Game 3, holding the All-Star forward to 23 points. The Blazers were led by Damian Lillard with 30 points.

Portland trailed by as many as 11 points in the final quarter but Nicolas Batum hit a 3-pointer with 41 seconds left to tie the game at 110.




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