Apr 25, 2014; Portland, OR, USA; Houston Rockets guard Troy Daniels (30) makes a three point basket over Portland Trail Blazers forward LaMarcus Aldridge (12) with 12 seconds left in overtime to win game three of the first round of the 2014 NBA Playoffs at the Moda Center. Mandatory Credit: Craig Mitchelldyer-USA TODAY Sports

NBA Playoffs 2014: Troy Daniels sinks game-winning 3-pointer (video)

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After losing the first two games of their first round playoff series with the Portland Trail Blazers at home, the Houston Rockets entered Friday night’s game 3 in Portland with a sense of desperation.

The Rockets outplayed the Blazers for a majority of the night, but blew a nine-point lead in the final minutes and were forced to go to overtime with the Blazers.

The Rockets fell behind 116-112 but after four straight points, they got the ball back in a tie game. They went to James Harden, but he could not get around a Dwight Howard screen at first. Then as he drove towards the lane, he lost the ball. Jeremy Lin scooped it up and found rookie Troy Daniels. Daniels buried a three-pointer.

Nicolas Batum’s effort to tie the game went long and the Rockets walked away with a 121-116 victory.

During the season, Daniels played a total of 75 minutes and appeared in just five games.

(H/T to Ben Golliver of Sports Illustrated)

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