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Miracle Shot Helps Trail Blazers Top Rockets in Overtime

The Portland Trail Blazers faced a tough challenge on the road against the Houston Rockets in the second game of a back-to-back. Despite some defensive struggles and inconsistency in rebounding, a standout performance by Anfernee Simons, who scored 33 points, kept the game competitive.

In the previous night’s matchup against the Oklahoma City Thunder, the Blazers fell short by two points in regulation. The situation mirrored this game, with the Blazers trailing by three and only 1.6 seconds remaining. A remarkable shot by Jerami Grant forced the game into overtime, providing the Blazers with an opportunity to turn things around.

Overtime saw strong contributions from Malcolm Brogdon and Deandre Ayton, ultimately leading the Blazers to a 137-131 victory.

Ayton showcased his skills with 18 points and 17 rebounds, while Brogdon added 19 points. Alperen Sengun led the Rockets with an impressive 30-point performance.

Here’s a breakdown of the game:

First Quarter:

The game started as anticipated, with both teams struggling offensively. The Rockets capitalized on dunks, taking advantage of defensive lapses by the Blazers. In response, Portland attacked the paint, and Anfernee Simons contributed with baseline jumpers. Despite the competitive nature, Houston held a 14-10 lead at the first timeout.

The quarter continued with a mix of dunks and layups, keeping the score close. Houston maintained a 31-30 lead after the first quarter.

Second Quarter:

Houston opened the second quarter with three three-pointers against Portland’s zone defense, establishing a nine-point lead. The Blazers faced challenges catching up, missing field goals early in the period. Although Deandre Ayton finally contributed with a score, Houston continued to lead, hitting several shots while Portland struggled.

A late rally led by Ayton and Simons reduced Houston’s lead from 13 to 6 points. The Rockets held a 63-57 lead at halftime.

Third Quarter:

Anfernee Simons sparked the Blazers’ offense in the third quarter, scoring five points and bringing the team within one point early in the period. However, Portland’s defense struggled to keep pace, and Alperen Sengun’s scoring prevented the Blazers from establishing a significant lead.

Simons and Matisse Thybulle’s three-pointers briefly gave the Blazers the lead, but defensive concerns persisted. The Blazers led 98-96 heading into the fourth quarter.

Fourth Quarter:

The Blazers focused on inside scoring at the start of the fourth, but Houston responded with steals and conversions. The game remained closely contested, with the Blazers taking a narrow lead. However, turnovers and defensive lapses allowed Houston to regain control.

A late surge from Anfernee Simons and Deandre Ayton tied the game at 114, but Houston pulled ahead again. In the final minutes, the Blazers struggled to maintain consistency, resulting in a 124-121 deficit with 1.6 seconds left. Jerami Grant’s improbable leaning three forced the game into overtime.


Malcolm Brogdon took charge in overtime, scoring the first five points and giving the Blazers a three-point lead. Despite Houston’s attempts to narrow the gap, Portland secured the 137-131 victory.

In a game marked by ups and downs, Anfernee Simons’ standout performance played a crucial role in the Blazers’ success.


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