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But Westbrook's longstanding jump-shooting struggles were in full force on Tuesday as he shot 5 of 20 from the field, including hitting just 1-of-6 3-pointers en route to 14 points to go with 11 assists and nine rebounds. The under is 9-4 in Thunder last 13 home games. Lillard has had the first one, averaging 29.5 points to stake the Blazers to a 2-0 lead in the best of seven.
Much like he did in Game 1, which was highlighted by his refusal to answer questions from columnist Berry Tramel of The Oklahoman, Westbrook was peppered with questions of an underperforming Thunder team that just doesn't seem to have a way to contend against a better shooting team like the Blazers.
All I know is Lillard might take down Westbrook, and in the process, he might make believers out of a lot more National Basketball Association fans. Neither has had the kind of elite performance that we've become accustomed to. Kanter had 20 points and 18 rebounds in Game 1 but finished with six points and five rebounds on Tuesday (Wednesday, PHL time).
Trail Blazers: Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson, who just signed a contract extension that makes him the highest paid player in the National Football League, was among the fans at the Moda Center, as was Gonzaga coach Mark Few.
"Let it fly", he later said, when asked what the celebration meant.
Portland led by as many as 19 points, while Oklahoma City's largest lead all game was one.
Donovan said he'll take a look at why the Thunder aren't faring well from 3-point range. Lillard and Blazers head coach Terry Stotts knew Harklees' two quick blocks and aggressiveness on defense really helped set the tone for the night.
Trail Blazers: Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson, who just signed a contract extension that makes him the highest paid player in the National Football League, was among the fans at the Moda Center, as was Gonzaga coach Mark Few. "And then when they make their runs, and when they get back in the game, (you) just weather those storms".
The Oklahoma City Thunder need a victory here to cut the series deficit to 1-2 and take their season off of life support.
Oklahoma City beat the Blazers in all four meetings this season, including a heated 129-121 overtime victory on March 7.
George scored 27 points to lead the Thunder as they fell to the Blazers 114-94 and to 0-2 in their best-of-seven series.
"We can't get caught up in, "oh we won a game"..." However he was just 1 of 6 from the floor in the opening quarter. But he said following the game that he'd be fine for Game 3.
"I think it's important for us to look for mismatch opportunities when a smaller wing gets crossed up on Enes or a small guard ends up switched on Rodney or Evan or Moe or something like that". George insisted the shoulder, which kept him out of the Thunders' regular-season finale, was fine at practice on Monday (Tuesday, PHL time) even though it was wrapped in ice.
McCollum missed 10 games down the stretch with a left knee strain and had only played in two games since returning. He has been the better of the two point guards in the.
Kanter, signed just before the All-Star break after he was waived by the New York Knicks, has started in Nurkic's place. They built upon that to start the second period, playing well enough to gain a 10-point lead with five minutes remaining in the first half.
There was simmering tension between the teams. Ferguson earned his third foul and headed to the bench.
The Thunder are getting the worst of Russell Westbrook. The Blazers went into the fourth quarter with a 76-69 lead. The Thunder turned the ball over seven times in the quarter and were outscored 37-21.
"It's a series. First to four".
"They [Portland Trail Blazers] won their first two home games. We've gotta make sure we are looking for those opportunities because they're big wings and all three of those guys are good post players when they have a mismatch, so that's definitely something that we should be looking to take advantage of when it presents itself", Lillard said.