In Houston’s first game after head coach Kevin McHale’s firing, Corey Brewer hit a deep running three against Portland to force overtime in a game the Rockets would go on to win.
The Rockets trailed by 13 entering the fourth quarter and by as many as 17 in the game before James Harden got going, recording 17 points in the fourth quarter and assisting on Brewer’s heroics in the final seconds.
Harden burst down the floor and skipped a cross-court pass to a streaking Brewer, who pulled up on one leg and swished in the three to tie the game at 99.
Harden, maligned early in the season for poor shooting and inconsistent play, scored all nine of Houston’s overtime points and 16 of its final 19 to seal the game. The Rockets went on to win 108–103. Harden finished with 45 points, 11 assists, eight rebounds and five steals in a performance much closer to his MVP-caliber form of last season. Brewer posted 18 points, and Dwight Howard grabbed 19 rebounds in J.B. Bickerstaff’s first game as interim head coach.
You can watch highlights of Houston’s win below:
Houston moves to 5–7 snapping a four-game losing streak. Portland drops to 4–9 and has lost seven straight.