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  • Blazers rally to top Rockets

  • PORTLAND — Nicolas Batum had 35 points, rookie Damian Lillard sparked a late comeback and the Portland Trail Blazers edged the Rockets 119-117 in overtime on Friday.
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  • PORTLAND — Nicolas Batum had 35 points, rookie Damian Lillard sparked a late comeback and the Portland Trail Blazers edged the Rockets 119-117 in overtime on Friday.
    LaMarcus Aldridge had 29 points for Portland, including a tiebreaking free throw and key turnaround jumper in the extra session. Lillard, a first-round pick out of Weber State, finished with a career-high 27 points.
    James Harden had 29 points for the Rockets, who led by as many as 15 before falling behind in the final quarter. Chandler Parsons added 19 points and 11 rebounds.
    Portland won its second consecutive game while narrowly avoiding a fourth straight loss at the Rose Garden.
    Magic 110, Pistons 106
    At Auburn Hills, Mich., J.J. Redick scored 23 points, including a go-ahead 3-pointer with 42.8 seconds left, and Orlando got the win on the road.
    Arron Afflalo scored 19 and Jameer Nelson added 13 points and 10 assists for Orlando, which had each of its starters score in double figures. Glen Davis had 17 points and 13 rebounds, and Nikola Vucevic finished with 11 points and 13 boards.
    Kyle Singler, getting his second straight start, scored 14 points on 5-of-10 shooting for Detroit. He had a career-high 16 points in the Pistons' victory over Philadelphia on Wednesday.
    Grizzlies 105, Knicks 95
    At Memphis, Tenn., Zach Randolph had 20 points and 15 rebounds, Marc Gasol added 24 points and the Memphis Grizzlies handed the New York Knicks their first loss of the season.
    Rudy Gay scored 17 points and blocked four shots, and Mike Conley added 16 points and eight assists as Memphis won its seventh straight. The Grizzlies own the NBA's best record for the first time in franchise history at 7-1.
    Lakers 114, Suns 102
    At Los Angeles, Kobe Bryant had 31 points, Metta World Peace hit five 3-pointers while scoring 22 points, and the Lakers played Mike D'Antoni's style of up-tempo basketball in a victory over the Suns.
    Dwight Howard had 18 points and 12 rebounds as the Lakers improved to 3-1 under interim coach Bernie Bickerstaff with a performance that must have impressed D'Antoni, who watched from the locker room inside Staples Center.
    Thunder 110, Hornets 95
    At New Orleans, Kevin Durant and Kevin Martin each scored 27 points, and the Thunder rolled to their sixth victory in seven games.
    Warriors 106, Timberwolves 98
    At Minneapolis, David Lee had 18 points and 13 rebounds and Golden State dominated inside in the victory.
    Carl Landry added 15 points and seven boards and Stephen Curry had 17 points and six assists for the Warriors (5-4), who outscored Minnesota 58-22 in the paint.
    Hawks 112, Kings 96
    At Sacramento, Calif., Kyle Korver scored 22 points, reserve Lou Williams had 21 and the Hawks earned their ninth consecutive win against the Kings.
    76ers 99, Jazz 93
    At Philadelphia, Jrue Holiday scored 26 points to help the Sixers snap a three-game home losing streak.
    Pacers 103, Mavericks 83
    At Indianapolis, David West and George Hill each scored 15 points, and the Pacers improved to 3-1 at home.
    West and Hill, Indiana's top two scorers, had combined for 5-for-19 shooting and 10 points in Wednesday's loss to Milwaukee.
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