It was an thrilling Saturday night time of NBA motion because the Portland Path Blazers outlasted the Houston Rockets 128-126 in time beyond regulation.
Blazers guard CJ McCollum was on fireplace within the second half, buying and selling baskets with former MVP James Harden as the 2 stars virtually decided the end result of the ballgame.
Take a look at our 5 hits and flops from the thrilling time beyond regulation sport between the Portland Path Blazers and Houston Rockets:
Hit: CJ McCollum (Portland Path Blazers)
CJ McCollum introduced the Portland Tail Blazers again from a 10-point halftime deficit by a collection of three-pointers that the Houston Rockets had no reply for. McCollum knocked down 4 straight threes from lengthy distance within the third quarter.
The Blazers guard was completely scintillating, capturing the ball with as a lot accuracy as a veteran NBA 2K person isolating his favourite participant on each possession. McCollum made a career-high 9 threes within the sport to energy the Blazers to a win.
He made the game-winning three with 6.3 seconds left within the time beyond regulation interval to offer the Blazers the win.
For the sport, McCollum scored 44 factors on 17-of-30 capturing total, together with 9-of-16 from past the arc.
Flop: Damian Lillard (Portland Path Blazers)
Damian Lillard began out sizzling however cooled off within the second half. When his backcourt mate began performing within the third quarter, Lillard took a backseat and couldn’t get his capturing going aside from a few baskets within the fourth quarter and time beyond regulation.
After a poor displaying within the Portland Path Blazers’ first sport, Lillard ought to have been extra constant this time. He missed too many open pictures, trying a bit tentative at occasions. He additionally missed two clutch pictures in regulation, together with what would have been the game-winner.
Although he made solely 11 of 28 discipline objectives, Lillard wasn’t a whole flop since he nonetheless scored 32 for the sport.
Hit: James Harden (Houston Rockets)
Nobody knew what to anticipate from James Harden on this sport, particularly together with his commerce calls for in the course of the offseason. Nevertheless, the 31-year-old was on level from the opening tip, scoring 44 factors (with six threes) and including 17 assists in his first sport this season.
He saved the Houston Rockets inside placing distance and stopped the Portland Path Blazers from pulling away when CJ McCollum was scorching sizzling from the 3-point line within the second half.
James Harden additionally made a three-pointer with 38.6 seconds in time beyond regulation to tie the sport at 123-all with 38.6 seconds to go. Moments later, he gave the Rockets a 126-125 lead on a 3 with 15.3 seconds left within the sport. Sadly for Harden, McCollum had another three left in him.
Flop: Jusuf Nurkic (Portland Path Blazers)
Jusuf Nurkic was outplayed and outhustled by the Houston Rockets’ Christian Wooden throughout the entire sport. Moreover, he missed two straight free throws within the final minute that would have damaged a 113-all tie between the 2 groups.
He had his moments as a passer (six assists) and as a rebounder (11 boards), however the Bosnian Beast was largely tame for the Portland Path Blazers.
Hit: Christian Wooden (Houston Rockets)
The Houston Rockets’ greatest decide up of the offseason, Christian Wooden, dominated the glass and the paint, placing up 31 factors and 13 rebounds. There was nobody who might cease him beneath. Had the Rockets seemed for him extra within the latter levels of the sport, the end result might have been fairly completely different.
Wooden is aware of his spots and what’s anticipated of him. After this sport, Houston Rockets coach Stephen Silas ought to discover a approach to make use of him extra typically particularly when the opposite workforce goes small ball.
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Revealed 27 Dec 2020, 12:20 IST