Instant Replay: Rockets blow lead, lose Game 4

Instant Replay: Rockets blow lead, lose Game 4
April 27, 2014, 11:30 pm
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PORTLAND, Ore. -- No series in NBA history has ever been like the one that has unfolded between the Houston Rockets and Portland Trail Blazers, but through all the excitement and overtime basketball, it's the Blazers who came back from a double-figure deficit again, to take Game 4, 123-120.

Along with the win, the Blazers take a 3-1 lead in the series as it heads back to Houston.

The Blazers drew first blood in overtime after a flagrant foul on Chandler Parsons on LaMarcus Aldridge. He made both free throws and although the Rockets tied the game two times after that, they never held the lead in the extra session.

James Harden finished with 28 points, with Parsons adding 26 points on 11-of-18 shooting. Dwight Howard had 25 points, 14 rebounds and two blocks, both coming late in regulation to help the Rockets get to overtime.

LaMarcus Aldridge led four Blazers with 20 or more points, finishing with 29 points and 10 rebounds.

After a back-and-forth early start with five lead changes and four ties, the Rockets took the lead midway through the second quarter and held it for the rest of the half. The lead grew to as large as 11, but maybe more importantly, the lead hovered between seven and eleven points nearly the entire time.

The Blazers put a run together in the third quarter, cutting an 11-point deficit down to five at the end of the quarter.

After falling behind 102-97 with 2:51 left, Howard had two huge blocks and the Rockets pieced together three straight stops. They scored seven straight points to go ahead, 104-102 with 50.9 seconds remaining.

The game was over when
The Blazers hit a pair of free throws with under eight seconds left in overtime to push their lead to three points, Pat Beverley brought the ball up the court, but had it poked away by Wes Matthews and the Rockets never got a chance for a game-tying shot.

Numbers of the night
Troy Daniels checked in late in the first quarter and picked up right where he left off in Game 3 by hitting all three of his 3-point attempts in the first half. He finished the game with 17 points.

Next up
Houston and Portland will play Game 5 in Houston on Wednesday night at 8:30 p.m. at Toyota Center.