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Thunder Snap 3-game Skid, Edge Trail Blazers 125-122

PORTLAND Ore.: Shai Gilgeous-Alexander scored 24 factors, Mike Muscala added 23, and the Oklahoma City Thunder snapped a three-game shedding streak with a 125-122 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers on Monday evening.

Damian Lillard, who had scored 30 or extra factors in his final three video games, had 26 factors and 10 assists for the Blazers. Anfernee Simons had 26 factors off the bench and Enes Kanter added 13 factors and 22 rebounds.

After Portland pulled shut within the third quarter, Hamidou Diallo’s floater from out entrance put the Thunder up 105-98 with simply over eight minutes left within the recreation.

Diallo’s layup prolonged Oklahoma City’s result in 111-100. Carmelo Anthony’s 3-pointer bought Portland inside 117-111 with 3:25 left, however Darius Bazley answered with a Three for the Thunder.

Lillard hit a 3-pointer with 5.5 seconds left to get Portland inside 123-120, then made one other Three to slim it to 124-122 with 1.5 seconds left, however the rally fell quick.

Both groups had been enjoying the second of back-to-backs. The Thunder fell 108-100 to the Los Angeles Clippers on Sunday, whereas the Trail Blazers downed the New York Knicks 116-113.

The Thunder proceed to overlook Al Horford, who has been out because the beginning of his daughter on Jan. 15. The workforce was additionally with out George Hill, who sprained his proper thumb and is day-to-day. Theo Maledon began in Hill’s place.

Portland was with out Robert Covington due to a concussion. The Blazers had been already lacking starters CJ McCollum and Jusuf Nurkic due to accidents.

Luguentz Dort’s driving layup put the Thunder up 32-15 within the opening quarter. The Blazers responded with a 17-2 run to drag inside 34-32 after Simons’ floater.

Muscala’s 3-pointer stretched Oklahoma City’s result in 55-43 halfway by way of the second quarter. Trent made a 3-pointer on the buzzer to drag Portland inside 69-60 on the break.

Lillard opened the second half with a 3-pointer earlier than Trent’s Three tied the sport at 72, however the Blazers couldn’t pull in entrance.

The Thunder led 94-91 going into the ultimate quarter. Anthony’s jumper briefly gave the Blazers a 95-94 lead, however it was short-lived.

TIP INS

Thunder: It was the fourth of a five-game journey. …. It was the primary of three video games between the Thunder and the Blazers. Last season, the groups cut up 2-2. … Muscala’s 3-pointer early within the recreation was the 300th of his profession.

Trail Blazers: Lillard made a franchise document 67 straight free throws, a streak that ended in opposition to the Thunder when he missed one within the opening quarter.

GOTTA BE THE SHOES?

Adidas is releasing a particular shoe commemorating Lillard’s 50-point efficiency in opposition to the Thunder within the 2019 NBA playoffs. Lillard hit a buzzer-beating 3-pointer that gained the sport and clinched the sequence over Oklahoma City in 5 video games.

Photos of the brand new shoe which options Thunder colours had been revealed on social media forward on Monday evening’s recreation. Lillard hinted he wasn’t trolling Oklahoma City and that Adidas was creating footwear to acknowledge all its gamers which have 50-point video games.

I feel Ive had different video games to select from, he stated. Im able to let that second go, so thats why I feel I’d have favored it to be a unique recreation, as a result of I dont need it to come back off as Im simply residing within the second from two years in the past. Obviously it was an enormous second, however it’s what it’s.

UP NEXT

The Thunder wrap up their highway journey in opposition to the Phoenix Suns on Wednesday.

The Trail Blazers go to the Houston Rockets on Thursday.

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