What started as a game of changing leads and anything goes quickly turned into a disappointing night for Thunder fans.
The Oklahoma City Thunder fell to the Portland Trail Blazers at 117-106 on Tuesday night falling to 22-19 in the season and giving them their second straight loss after a 114-100 loss to the Suns in Phoenix on Sunday.
Russell Westbrook finished the night with 22 points, 9 rebounds and 12 assists going 7-20 from FG range, while Carmelo Anthony had 19 of his own shooting 8-17 from the field. Paul George ended the game with 22 points of his own, 15 of which were scored in the second quarter alone.
OKC shot 44 percent from the field, while the Blazers made 53.1 percent of their shots, and Portland was led by CJ McCollum who had 27 points and seven assists. Blazers’ point guard Damien Lillard was out for seventh time in the past nine games with a lingering left calf strain, and Thunder starter Andre Roberson remains out with left patellar tendinitis.
The Thunder turned the ball over seven times in the first quarter, but Coach Billy Donovan said he thinks his team has made more progress on offense in the past month than on defense.
“I thought we’ve made some really positive and significant headway offensively over the last month or so, ” Donovan said. “But I do think the past six or eight games, defensively, we’ve had some slippage.”
The Thunder head to Minneapolis, Minnesota, to battle the 26-16 Timberwolves on Wednesday night who are currently ranked No. 4 in the Western Conference and are leading the Northwest Division.
Watch here to see what Billy Donovan and Thunder players Josh Huestis, Patrick Patterson and Terrance Ferguson had to say about the loss to Portland: