Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 11/17/12
PORTLAND -- Nicolas Batum scored a career-high 35 points and rookie Damian Lillard put up 18 of his season-high 27 points in the second half as Portland upended Houston 119-117 in overtime Friday night at the Rose Garden. LaMarcus Aldridge added 26 points for the Blazers (4-5), including a turnaround 10-footer with 37 seconds left in overtime that provided a 119-116 lead. Batum also had four blocked shots, including a swat of a James Harden drive with 30 seconds left following Aldridge's shot. Harden -- who led Houston (4-5) with 29 points -- made the first of two free throws with 1.4 seconds left, then intentionally missed the second. But the ball was swatted away as time expired, giving the Blazers their second overtime win over the Rockets this season. Batum almost singlehandedly kept Portland alive in the third quarter, scoring 11 straight points -- including three 3-pointers -- and 14 in the quarter. Houston's lead was 77-64 when the Blazers closed out the period on a 1...
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