Rockets guard and former D-Leaguer Troy Daniels nailed a go-ahead three-pointer with 11 seconds remaining in overtime to lift Houston to a 121-116 victory over Portland in Game 3 on Friday.
The fifth-seeded Blazers now lead the Rockets 2-1 in their first-round series.
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Rockets coach Kevin McHale put Daniels, who played 20 minutes and finished with nine points, on the floor in the closing seconds of OT in hopes of spacing the floor. When an isolation play to James Harden resulted in a loose ball, Jeremy Lin dove to the ground, scooped it up and threw a cross-court pass to the open Daniels. The former Rio Grande Valley Viper caught the ball and quickly drained a three-pointer to give Houston the lead.
After the game and with newfound fame, Daniels was called to the postgame podium to conduct media interviews, a stage that appeared to scare him more than Game 3:
While Daniels had a flair for dramatic on the floor, he kept things pretty straight forward in his first NBA playoff press conference.
Asked if he had ever hit a shot like the one he made in Game 3 before, Daniels simply replied: "Not really."
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