Oklahoma City, OK (SportsNetwork.com) - Kevin Durant scored 11 of his 46
points in the final 3:23 to lift the Oklahoma City Thunder over the Portland
Trail Blazers, 105-97, in a battle between two of the NBA's very best on
Durant went 17-of-25 from the field and 6-of-7 from beyond the arc for the
Thunder, who have won four in a row to build a one-game lead over Portland for
first place in the Northwest Division. He has scored at least 30 points in
eight consecutive games.
Reggie Jackson tallied 15 points and seven rebounds for Oklahoma City, which
trails idle San Antonio by a half game for the top spot in the Western
Conference. Serge Ibaka and Derek Fisher each added 10 points in the triumph.
LaMarcus Aldridge ended with 29 points and 16 boards for the Blazers, who have
dropped two straight since a five-game winning streak. Wesley Matthews tallied
21 points in defeat.
Portland led 93-90 when Durant was called for an offensive foul. Just moments
later, Durant was issued a technical foul following a foul on Kendrick
Perkins. The Blazers made two of the three free throws to go up by five.
A fired-up Durant made a layup to ignite a 15-0 Oklahoma City run. He followed
that up with a 3-pointer to tie the game.
After Aldridge turned the ball over, Jackson made a running jumper to give the
home team the lead. Ibaka and Perkins combined to block three shots
on the ensuing Portland possession, which ended with Aldridge missing a
Perkins made a jumper and Durant added two more 3-pointers to make it a 105-95
Portland led 27-21 after the first quarter and took a 52-51 edge into the
The Thunder outscored the Blazers by a 26-23 margin in the third to take a
77-75 lead into the fourth.
Damian Lillard and Mo Williams had 14 and 13 points, respectively, for the
Blazers ... The Thunder went 10-of-15 from beyond the arc.
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