CJ McCollum duels with James Harden in Portland Trail Blazers’ 128-126 OT win over Houston Rockets

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The Trailblazers get the win over the Houston Rockets - Bruce Ely/Portland Trailblazers

CJ McCollum hit a go-ahead with 6.3 seconds left in overtime, leading the Bla zers to a close 128-126 win against the Houston Rockets.

Backstory

Four Houston Rockets players: center DeMarcus Cousins, point guard John Wall, shooting guard Eric Gordon and guard Mason Jones – who were considered close contacts under the NBA’s COVID-19 protocols will be forced to miss Saturday’s game against Portland, a league source told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

Ben McLemore and Kenyon Martin Jr. are also away from the team and self-isolating, and Chris Clemons is lost for the season with an Achilles injury.

The CJ McCollum Takeover

The Blazers fell behind in the first half by a score of 68-58, due to bad sets on offense and lack of attention on defense. The second half was a completely different story, as they outscored James Harden and the Houston Rockets: 55-45. After two missed free throws from Jusuf Nurkic and a missed mid-range shot from Damian Lillard in the final moments of the 4th Quarter, the game headed to overtime, but McCollum was ready, as he dropped 7  points in the five minute period, including a clutch three to get the Blazers their first win of the 2020-21 NBA Season.

Notable Player Stats

McCollum had eight assists and a career-high nine three pointers to go along with his 44 points. Lillard, had an off-game, but still dropped 32 points and nine assists on 5-for-13 from behind the arc. Enes Kanter was the leading scorer off the bench, scoring 10 points and nine rebounds in 18 minutes of action.

What’s Next

The Blazers head to California for a four-game road trip, facing the Los Angeles Lakers on Monday night at 7:00 pm P.T. 

What You Need To Know

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