Thunder fall in Portland despite Westbrook's near triple-double

BY foxsports • January 10, 2016

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- Damian Lillard scored 31 points, including five 3-pointers in the last 3:07, and the Portland Trail Blazers rallied to beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 115-110 on Sunday night.

CJ McCollum added 22 points for Portland, which hit a season-high 19 3-pointers to snap a three-game losing streak.

Thunder guard Russell Westbrook nearly had his fourth triple-double of the season, but fell just short with 25 points, 15 assists and nine rebounds. Last season, Westbrook led the NBA with 11 triple-doubles.

Kevin Durant had 28 points for Oklahoma City and has scored 20 or more in 23 consecutive games.

With 3:19 remaining, Andre Roberson hit a buzzer-beating 3 to put Oklahoma City up 103-95. That started a 3-point shootout. Lillard hit three consecutive 3s and Allen Crabbe drained another to cut the Thunder's lead to 108-107 with 2 minutes left.

Lillard wasn't done.

He hit two more 3-pointers to give Portland a three-point lead, and an offensive foul on Oklahoma City with a minute left brought fans to their feet.

Lillard finished with 17 points in the final quarter.

The loss snapped a four-game winning streak on the road for the Thunder.

The Blazers and Thunder kept it close in a sloppy first quarter. Steven Adams slammed down a one-handed dunk for Oklahoma City, and Maurice Harkless answered with a 3-pointer.

Portland led 52-46 at halftime. Westbrook had just two points heading into the break.

Lillard's eight points in 2 minutes allowed the Blazers to open up their lead to 65-55 in the third quarter. Quick points from the Thunder, including a 3-pointer and a free throw by Adams and a running jumper from Durant, trimmed Portland's lead to two.

The Thunder rallied to take the lead but McCollum's 3 at the buzzer to end the third brought the Blazers to 85-80.


Thunder: Durant has scored 20 or more points against the Trail Blazers in the last five meetings. It was the second of four matchups between the teams this season. Oklahoma City won 106-90 on Dec. 16.

Trail Blazers: Former Oregon running back LaMichael James was among the fans in courtside seats. James is currently a free agent in the NFL.


The Thunder continues its road trip at Minnesota on Tuesday.

The Trail Blazers host Utah on Wednesday.

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