Originally written on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 10/19/14
HOUSTON -- Portland Trail Blazers guard Wesley Matthews seemingly did enough by burying the game-tying 3-pointer with just under a minute left in regulation time on Saturday night at Toyota Center. But when he stripped Houston Rockets guard James Harden in the waning seconds, preventing Harden from hoisting a potential game-winning jumper at the fourth-quarter buzzer, he gave Portland a chance to win in overtime. The Blazers' sharpshooting then paved the way to their 95-85 overtime win over the Rockets, but their defense in the third quarter and in spots in the fourth was equally essential. Blazers rookie point guard Damian Lillard drilled a 3-pointer with 4:06 remaining to swing momentum for good in overtime, and when Nicolas Batum followed with a 3-pointer 31 seconds later, the Blazers (2-1) led 87-81 and were well on their way to handing the Rockets (2-1) their first loss on the young season. "It all really came down to L.A. (Blazers forward LaMarcus Aldridge, who ...
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