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Portland gets 95-85 OT win over Rockets

By Kristie Rieken

Associated Press

Published: Saturday, Nov. 3 2012 10:57 p.m. MDT

A fan wears a fake beard looks on in the first half of an NBA basketball game between the Houston Rockets and the Portland Trail Blazers, Saturday, Nov. 3, 2012, in Houston.

Pat Sullivan, Associated Press

HOUSTON — Rookie Damian Lillard scored 20 points, including eight in overtime, and the Portland Trail Blazers slowed down James Harden in a 95-85 win over the Houston Rockets on Saturday night.

Lillard and Nicolas Batum each made a 3 to help Portland open an 87-81 lead early in overtime. Harden made a pair of free throws before a reverse layup by Lillard. His second 3 of overtime pushed Portland's lead to 93-85 with 1:25 remaining.

Harden led the Rockets with 24 points in his home debut, but he wasn't as dominate as he was in the first two games. He scored 37 and a career-high 45 points in his first two games with Houston since last week's trade from Oklahoma City.

LaMarcus Aldridge added 27 points and 11 rebounds for the Trail Blazers.

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