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PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) There was some shouting going on in the Trail Blazers locker room after they fell behind by 10 points at halftime to the Rockets.
Up 2 1 in their first playoff series since 2011, the Blazers didn want to mess up Game 4, especially in front of their h ugg ometown fans.
the words of Chuck Charles Barkley we were playing like wussies, Portland guard Wesley Matthews said. was the message to each other. was said, the Trail Blazers pulled out of their funk and went on to defeat the Rockets 123 120 in overtime Sunday night to take a 3 1 advantage in the series that moves to Houston on Wednesday.
LaMarcus Aldridge had 29 points and 10 rebounds in the first win for the home team in the series, while Nicolas Batum added 25 points. It was the third game in the series decided in overtime.
The Blazers haven advanced out of the first round since 2000. Portland also hasn held a 3 1 advantage in a series since the 2000 Western Conference semifinals against Utah, which the Blazers won 4 1.
James Harden had 28 points and Dwight Howard added 25 points and 14 rebounds for the Rockets.
playoffs are a grind, Houston coach Kevin McHale said. a different game than the regular season. You got to be built for the grind. Mo Williams 3 pointer put the Blazers in front 105 104 with 18.9 seconds left. Dorell Wright missed the first of two free throws, making it 106 104 with 8.3 seconds to go.
Howard dunked off a feed from Harden with 3.6 seconds left to tie it and Williams missed a 3 at the buzzer to send the game into overtime.
Chandl ugg er Parsons was hit with a flagrant foul on Aldridge, who made both free throws to give the Blazers the lead to start off OT. Batum scooped up a layup before adding a 3 pointer and Damian Lillard made a layup to put Portland ahead 117 110.
Houston rookie Troy Daniels nailed a 3 and Harden landed a jumper to narrow it to 119 117, but Lillard made free throws to extend the lead to four points with 17 seconds left.
Aldridge missed a pair of free throws and Daniels was fouled by Wright on a 3 point attempt and made all three shots to ugg narrow it to 121 120 with 8.9 seconds left. After a Portland timeout, Mo Williams made free throws for the final margin.
was tough, Aldridge said. thought it was a gut check by everybody. I thought our guys took on the challenge. opened Portland return to the playoffs with a franchise postseason best 46 points in the Blazers 122 120 overtime victory in Game 1, then followed it up with 43 points in the 112 105 win. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.