Things were looking grim early for the Blazers as they trailed the Rockets throughout the first half and at the beginning of the second half, before Portland started to find their shooting touch in the second half. Damian Lillard did most of his damage before the break, scoring 21 of his 32 points in the first half. Then Portland rode the hot hand of CJ McCollum, who carried the team to victory with 44 points, including a career-high 9 threes to go along with 8 assists.
McCollum’s counterpart nearly stole the show. James Harden, who might be strongly re-thinking his list of preferred trade destinations following his visit to the Rose City, turned in 44 points of his own, dished out 17 assists and had the go-ahead bucket late in overtime that almost sealed the upset before McCollum drilled a 25-foot angle three with 6.9 seconds remaining.
Watch a recap of last night's NBA match up between the Portland Trail Blazers and the Houston Rockets above.