HOUSTON (AP) Rookie Damian Lillard scored 20 points, including eight in overtime, and the Portland Trail Blazers slowed down James Harden in a 95-85 win over the Houston Rockets on Saturday night.
Lillard and Nicolas Batum each made a 3 to help Portland open an 87-81 lead early in overtime. Harden made a pair of free throws before a reverse layup by Lillard. His second 3 of overtime pushed Portland's lead to 93-85 with 1:25 remaining.
Harden led the Rockets with 24 points in his home debut, but he wasn't as dominate as he was in the first two games. He scored 37 and a career-high 45 points in his first two games with Houston since last week's trade from Oklahoma City.
LaMarcus Aldridge added 27 points and 11 rebounds for the Trail Blazers.
Montae Nicholson and Vernon Davis were among those absent at Monday's open Redskins OTAs session, and both absences were surprising considering each player's somewhat unsteady spot on the roster.
Nicholson's second year with the Redskins was a struggle both on and off the field, while Davis is often mentioned as someone who might be in line for a contract restructuring or even a release.
However, thanks to a video that the Redskins posted on Instagram, it's now clear that the safety and the tight end have since returned to Ashburn to work with their fellow teammates:
It's an especially encouraging development for Nicholson, who should be doing whatever he can to get back in the good graces of the coaching staff. Whatever the reason for his absence was on Monday, it's a good sign to see that he didn't stay away too long.
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The Washington Nationals just can't catch a break, now 11 games under .500 after last night's dismal 6-1 loss to the New York Mets.
This time, the loss came at the hands of usually the most reliable reliever for the Nats, Sean Doolittle, who came into the game during the 8th inning with two runners on and two outs.
Wednesday night, he was not so reliable.
Doolittle failed to get that last out, hitting Carlos Gomez, then Juan Lagares cleared the bases to make it 3-1 on a double.
Then, with two on, Rajai Davis, who had just come up from the minor leagues, stepped up to the plate.
Davis had just taken a two hour Uber ride from Lehigh Valley, PA., arriving during the third inning of the game and getting lost upon arrival when trying to find the clubhouse. Davis was put in to face Doolittle during the eighth as a pinch hitter and his first career at-bat as a Met.
Of course, Davis delivered with a three-run home run to seal the 6-1 win.
A pinch-hitter with his first career at-bat as a Met hitting a three-run homer is a poetic end for the failing Nationals, now with a 6.98 ERA, the worst in Major League Baseball.
The Nats are now in danger of being swept by the Mets, now third in the NL East, with a 12:10 matinee Thursday again at Citi Field.
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