PORTLAND, Ore. -- Damian Lillard sparked a late comeback, and the Portland Trail Blazers beat the Houston Rockets 119-117 in overtime Friday night.

Lillard, the rookie point guard from Oakland High and Weber State, scored 16 of the Trail Blazers' last 21 points and finished with a career-high 27.

"He played great," LaMarcus Aldridge said of Lillard, the 6-foot-3 point guard who was the sixth overall pick in this year's draft. "He had ice in his veins. Took big shots, made big shots."

Lillard is averaging 19.3 points, 6.4 assists and looks like a candidate for NBA Rookie of the Year.

The 6-foot-3 point guard hit six free throws, a 3-pointer, a driving layup and then put the Blazers up 111-108 with a jumper after faking Jeremy Lin up in the air.

Lin, from Palo Alto, finished with 11 points in the Bay Area backcourt battle.



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