HOUSTON – LaMarcus Aldridge scored a franchise playoff-record 46 points and Damian Lillard added 31, including the go-ahead free throws in overtime, to lift the Portland Trail Blazers to a 122-120 victory over the Houston Rockets on Sunday night in Game 1 of their best-of-seven Western Conference first-round series.
Aldridge fouled out with 1:04 left in overtime and Lillard, who was making his playoff debut, took over. He scored the next five points for Portland and put the Blazers on top by one point by making two free throws with 17 seconds left.
Game 2 is Wednesday night in Houston.
Aldridge, a college standout at Texas, also had 18 rebounds. He made 17 of 31 shots from the field and was 10 of 13 from the free-throw line.
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