This is why Troy Daniels was on the floor.
The rookie played in just five games for the Rockets and spent most of the season at their D-League affiliate, the Rio Grande Valley Vipers. But what he can do is shoot. He hit 48 percent from three in his limited chances for the Rockets this season. The Rockets needed shooting to space the floor, so he was out there.
With :24 seconds left and the game tied, the play was designed to get James Harden a shot but Nicolas Batum was dogged and fought over the top of Dwight Howard’s screen multiple times. Harden started to drive but the ball was tipped away and became loose, landing with Jeremy Lin who drove and drew a crowd so he kicked out to the wide-open Daniels.
With that shot the Rockets went on to win 121-116. That makes the series 2-1 Portland and keeps the Rockets’ hopes alive. However, the Rockets need to win Game 4 in Portland, too, if they are serious about getting out of the first round.