With the Thunder and the Trail Blazers separated by only a single game in Western Conference standings, Sunday night’s matchup in Oklahoma City was a big one for both teams, but the Trail Blazers walked away with a 108-105 win in the end.
Tensions flared, and the game brought about a chippy third quarter where OKC’s Russell Westbrook and Terrance Ferguson picked up technical fouls along with Portland’s Ed Davis and Evan Turner. The game saw 14 lead changes and eight ties, but one would not have seen this coming judging from how the game started.
The Trail Blazers shocked the OKC crowd early on going on an 7-0 run to begin the game, and their biggest lead of the game was by 18 at one point.
C.J. McCollum led the Trail Blazers tonight ending with 34 points, four rebounds and four assists. McCollum was a massive contributor to Portland’s win after he drained a two-pointer with 18 seconds left in the game to extend the Blazers lead to 107-105 after Russell Westbrook was able to tie it back up.
Damian Lillard was also a major contributor to sealing the win for Portland when he drained his first three-pointer of the night with just under a minute to go in the fourth quarter. His shooting hadn’t been up to par, but he came in clutch when needed, and he ended the night with 24 points, seven rebounds and five assists.
This is the Trail Blazers first ever sweep of the Thunder seeing how they defeated OKC three times before: Nov. 7 at 103-99, Jan. 9 at 117-106 and March 3 at 108-100.
This win over the Thunder boosted Portland’s third seed position in the Western Conference as the NBA playoffs approach, and now that they’ve knocked off their closest competitor, they look to continue their winning ways on the road this week making stops in New Orleans to face the Pelicans on Tuesday and in Memphis on Wednesday to take on the Grizzlies before returning home on Friday to host the Clippers.
The Trail Blazers are now 45-28 in the season, 20-15 on the road and look to be a fierce competitor for the playoffs.
Watch here to see what coach Terry Stotts, Damian Lillard, Evan Turner and C.J. McCollum had to say about tonight’s win in front of 18,203 Oklahoma City fans: