The Oklahoma City Thunder continue storming the Western Conference, this time beating the Portland Trailblazers 87-83 in a nail-biter.
Per usual, Kevin Durant led the winning effort with 33 points, four rebounds, six assists and two blocks. Russell Westbrook’s 18 additional points and nine assists were especially critical this game, as the Thunder played without starters Serge Ibaka and Thabo Sefalosha, who are out due to injury.
For Portland, LaMarcus Aldridge put up double-double figures with 33 points and 11 rebounds.
In beating Portland, the Thunder snapped the Blazer’s nine-game winning streak.
The Trailblazers gave OKC a run for their money late in the game despite being down 11 points in the fourth quarter. They brought it within one point when Nicolas Batum drained a three-pointer with 21.9 seconds left in the game. The Thunder kept them at bay though, aided by Aldridge missing a fade-away jumper with under two seconds left and Russell Westbrook knocking down a pair of free throws to put the game just out of reach.
Though they did not win, the Blazers easily served the Thunder with their best game in a while, really pushing it down to the wire and conceding nothing easily.
The Thunder advance to 29-8 on the season, while the Blazers now sit at 20-17. They face the Phoenix Suns next, on Monday, Jan. 14.