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Rockets fall 128-126 to Blazers in NBA season opener

James Harden finished with 44 points and 17 assists for Houston, and Christian Wood added 31 points and 13 rebounds.
Credit: AP
Houston Rockets guard James Harden shoots over Portland Trail Blazers forward Robert Covington during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Portland, Ore., Saturday, Dec. 26, 2020. The Blazers won 128-126 in overtime. (AP Photo/Steve Dykes)

PORTLAND, Ore. — Houston Rockets kicked off the 2020-21 NBA season with a lost against the Portland Trail Blazers. 

CJ McCollum scored 44 points, including a 3-pointer with 6.3 seconds left that gave Portland a 128-126 overtime win against Houston.

Damian Lillard had 32 points and nine assists to help Portland get its first win. McCollum also had eight assists. 

James Harden finished with 44 points and 17 assists for Houston, and Christian Wood added 31 points and 13 rebounds. 

Harden also had a game-ending turnover on the final possession of overtime. 

McCollum finished 17 for 30 from the field, including 9 for 16 on 3s. Lillard was 5 for 13 from beyond the arc.