Rookie Daniels Saves Houston from 0-3 Hole; Rockets Beat Trail Blazers, 121-116 in Overtime [PHOTOS]

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By James Patrick Quizon | April 26, 2014 4:13 PM EST

The Portland Trail Blazers were primed to steal Game 3 from the Houston Rockets and grab the commanding 3-0 lead in this best-of-seven series, a rookie wouldn't allow it after hitting the go-ahead three-pointer for his team.

Troy Daniels saved James Harden, Dwight Howard, Jeremy Lin and the rest of the Rockets on Friday night after hitting a 27-footer off a Lin assist. The 22-year-old rookie finished with 9 points but none more important than the last three as no NBA team has come back to win a series down 0-3 hole in a best-of-seven affair. 

Harden finished with 37 points and had a chance to win the game in regulation but missed a three-pointer at the buzzer. Blazers forward Nicolas Batum tied the game before that with his own clutch three-pointer which eventually sent the game to an extra period.

Howard had 24 points, 12 rebounds and 2 blocked shots, Chandler Parsons had 16 points and Patrick Beverley had 15 points. Lin scored 13 points and added 6 dimes for the Rockets, which now trails 1-2 in this series.

Houston (sort of) contained LaMarcus Aldridge, who finished with "just" 23 points on 8-of-22 shooting. The Blazers big man dropped 46 and 43 in Game 1 and Game 2, respectively.

View the slideshow for more images of Game 3 between Houston-Portland series.


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