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Trail Blazers 106, Thunder 89 – FINAL. Blazers undefeated on the season.
Scott Brooks waves the white flag (Sebastian Telfair) down 16 with 2:45 to go...
Nicolas Batum is having a fantastic second half. Passing. Defending. Creating. Scoring. Since halftime, he has 12 pts, 4 asts, 5 rbs.
Masterful second half from Batum.
Lillard heating up is causing problems now. LA slipping to wide open spaces for a jumper.
Batum + Lillard 2nd half: 22 points. 4 combined in the first half.
Batum steals from Westbrook, keeps it in bounds, lobs to the trailing LA. That'll work. 93-83 Blazers, 5:17 Q4.
Stotts wants Russ to get called for kicking out the leg. Just asked for it twice on that possession.
Blazers were +8 during Russell Westbrook's first-half rest and +5 during his second-half rest.
Dame now has 10 pts, all in the second half.
Steve Blake is 0 for 4 from field, but still at +11, Getting 5 assists, 0 turnovers will do that.
Dame off the ball. In the cup. 10 points, all in the 2nd half. 89-81 POR with 7:00 min left. Still think Russ will have something to say.
Lance Thomas has caught the opening night ghost of Ronald Flip Murray or something
Westbrook in. Batum back in.
Chris Kaman takes a seat to a large ovation. In 22 mins, he has 12 pts, 6 rbs, 2 asts, is 6-10 from field. Solid Portland debut.
Despite that bench scoring stat I offered, the bench has produced. Every players is on the positive side of +/-.
Westbrook, who has played only 27 minutes, remains on bench. Surprised Scotty Brooks hasn't brought him back in for Telfair
Top scoring performance by an opponent in Portland arena: 47 held by Kobe Bryant in 2013 and Stephen Curry last April. Westbrook with 36
Hey. Damian Lillard.
CJ, Dame, Wes, Kaman and RoLo coming out vs. Bassy, Collison, Perk, Roberson and Thomas to start the 4th.
End of 3: OKC 77, Blazers 75. OKC actually extended the lead with Westbrook sitting. 36, 6 ast for him. Aldridge with 23, 2 reb, 2 ast.
Stotts rolling the dice here with Westbrook out. Dame back in with 4 fouls.
Batum with 10, 3 rebounds and an assist in the 3rd quarter. Game tied at 75, 1:52 3Q.
Batum with 10, 3 rebounds and an assist in the 3rd quarter. Game tied at 75, 1:52 2Q.
Woulda been interesting if OKC chose to wear championship tab from Seattle and opened season in PNW.
Lance Thomas is human, after all.
Kevin Durant scooting around here with the boot on his fractured foot… you’ve been through that in PDX, though, haven’t you?
Westbrook scores dipsy-do on Blake, then poses for courtside fans before heading to line to finish 3-point play
This is kinda like what Paul George did here last year except up an extra level or two. 36 and 6 for Russ. 5 minutes left in the 3rd.
Russell Westbrook now has 36 points and all of his teammates have 35 points combined. I love it when this happens...
Westbrook is 14 for 15 at line. He's already equaled his season high from last season for FT attempts in a game.
Last season, a big factor in Lillard making All-Star Game was Westbrook being injured. Westbrook killing it tonight.
But now Dame has 4 fouls. Blake in.
Thunder have tried to set up Perry Jones on the block against Lillard a few times in a row but Lillard is knocking him off the spot.
And then Batum makes his first FG with 9:31 left in 3rd, swishing a three in front of the Thunder bench.
Dame finally nets first FG on driving layup with 10:08 left in 3rd. Fouled on play, will go to line for 3-pt play.
That's Lillard's first points of the game
Fast break points: OKC 11, Portland 2.
Could LeBron James, Russell Westbrook and Anthony Davis defeat the Lakers playing 3-on-5 in an otherwise standard 48-minute game?
So I guess the last play was a good example as to why LaMarcus Aldridge is still skeptical about that Blazers transition D.
Russ scored full court in 2 seconds. 2.2 left after the Matthews bucket. 54-49 OKC at half. 26 + 5 ast for Westbrook.
RUSSELL WESTBROOK IS BAD
Blazers with a lot of funky looking passes tonight.
Westbrook is on one ... 24 pts, 5 assists on 6-12 shooting (12-13 FTs) with 1:26 left in 1st half.
Russell Westbrook is putting on clinic -- 22 points, 5 assists as OKC leads 50-47. Who gets the defensive assignment next?
Man, Westbrook with 22 points, four assists, NO turnovers. Impressive.
3 now on Lillard. His 1st half likely over. 0/5, 0 points, 2 assists.
Batum took Russ that time. Figure we'll see he and Wes platoon like they do from time to time.
Ibaka is a terrific defender, but Aldridge's length makes it too tough for him. LA has 18 on way to huge night
Westbrook could mess around with 40 and 10 tonight the way things are going.
Back-to-back shaky calls against Matthews. Westbrook is the beneficiary.
Stotts finally switches his defensive matchups and has Matthews defend Westbrook.
Royals fans in Moda Center drown out Giants followers with boos as Mark Mason announces Game 7 final
Boos outweighing cheers for the Giants at the Moda. This makes it slightly more okay that they won.
Robin Lopez has six offensive rebounds.
Nicolas Batum with 0 rebounds through 13 minutes.
Ball was in the air on that final out… Buster Posey looks at Mad Bum and smiles before the out.
Fact: Visiting teams have now won one straight Game 7 of the World Series.
Giants have won the World Series. Madison Bumgarner went as Cy Young for Halloween. Epic World Series.
Westbrook ready to check back in.
Blazers bench makes a 6-0 run against a Thunder unit that just ran a set to get Nick Collison an open look. 35-34, 10:09 2Q.
Blazers grab a 35-34 lead, because: Chris Kaman.
Kaman and Lopez in together. Twitter, give us a nickname for this front court.
That's what the Twin Towers can do -- keep the ball alive until they draw a hack on a put-back