Lillard, Kanter power Blazers over Thunder in Game 1

15 April, 2019, 17:11 | Author: Suzanne Horton
  • The Portland Trail Blazers face the Oklahoma City Thunder at the Moda Center in Portland Oregon on Thursday

As a team, the Trailblazers shot 41 percent from the field and 11 of 25 from the 3-point line as they stormed out to an early double-digit lead before edging out the Thunder late.

McCollum scored 16 points and Lillard added 12 as the Blazers carried a 54-48 lead into intermission.

Kanter backed up point guard Damian Lillard's game-high 30 points with 20 points and a career playoff-high 18 rebounds as the third-seeded Blazers opened their series against the No 6 Thunder with a 104-99 victory on Monday (NZT). The Thunder went 5-0 to wrap up their 82-game marathon at a 7-3 clip in their final 10 games to include another thrilling victory over the Houston Rockets in the final seconds. Adams led the way with 13 points in the first half, Westbrook added 10-8-7, and the Thunder were within striking distance despite George's 9 points on 3-of-14 from the field. Westbrook led the way for OKC, finishing with 24 points, 10 rebounds, and 10 assists on 8-of-17 shooting. "He had a huge presence down the stretch and played a huge part in us winning this game", said Lillard.

George made a 3-pointer with 8.2 seconds remaining to get the Thunder within 100-97 but Portland hung on.

The team certainly struggled to shoot on Sunday but it seems reasonable to think those struggles will not continue in Game 2 on Tuesday night in Portland.

It was the first post-season meeting between the teams since the Thunder moved from Seattle to Oklahoma City.

The Thunder have been to the playoffs for eight of the last nine seasons, but they haven't gotten past the opening round for the past two. However he was just 1 of 6 from the floor in the opening quarter.

The re-aggravation of a right shoulder injury from the end of February sidelined George in the Thunder's 127-116 win at Milwaukee Wednesday.

That's actually one of the things we need to do a better job of going into the second game because a lot of times it was Paul George. For the game, he made four of 15 3-point attempts. But he started and hit his first two 3-point attempts. Tales of the tape will help players and fans understand how OKC can gain the upper hand in what is sure to be a hard first-round series.

Game 1 is set for Sunday at 2:30 pm central time at the Moda Center in Portland, Oregon.



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