Blazers outlast Rockets for 119-117 OT victory

Blazers outlast Rockets for 119-117 OT victory
November 17, 2012, 1:15 am
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Houston Rockets guard James Harden, left, goes to the hoop against Portland Trail Blazers forward Victor Claver, from Spain, during the first half of their NBA basketball game in Portland, Ore., Friday, Nov. 16, 2012.(AP Photo/Don Ryan)


PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) Nicolas Batum had a career-high 35 points, rookie Damian Lillard sparked a late comeback and the Portland Trail Blazers beat the Houston Rockets 119-117 in overtime Friday night.

LaMarcus Aldridge had 29 points for Portland, including a tiebreaking free throw and key turnaround jumper in the extra session. Lillard, a first-round pick out of Weber State, scored 16 of the Trail Blazers' last 21 points and finished with a career-high 27.

James Harden had 29 points for the Rockets, who led by as many as 15 before falling behind in the final quarter. Chandler Parsons added 19 points and 11 rebounds.