Triple-double trouble adds to Blazers' road woes
Oklahoma City parlayed a good shooting first half and two triple-doubles into a victory at home Monday night.
The Trail Blazers fell to 10-15 on the road this season with their 120-111 loss.
Damian Lillard led Portland, which played from behind nearly all the way, with 31 points, after a slow start. Jake Layman, in reserve, was next with 17 points.
Paul George paced the Thunder with 47 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists. And teammate Russell Westbrook broke Wilt Chamberlain's NBA record with his 10th consecutive triple-double, getting 21 points, 14 rebounds and 11 assists.
The Blazers were coming off a shocking loss Sunday afternoon at Dallas, where they failed to win for the first time this season after leading through three quarters. Portland blew a 15-point fourth-quarter lead and lost 102-101.
The Thunder had made a Mavericks-like comeback on Saturday night in a victory over Houston. OKC was down by 26 before rallying to win.
Portland fell to 33-23, while OKC improved to 37-19.
Oklahoma City had won the previous meeting with Portland, 123-114, with George getting 36 points and Lillard 34.
Monday's win made OKC 11-1 in its last 12 games.
Oklahoma City hit 10 of 18 3-point attempts en route to a 68-49 halftime lead.
The Blazers' only lead in the first quarter was 1-0, but they mostly traded baskets with the Thunder, except for the exploits of George. He scored 17 points on 7-for-9 field-goal shooting, making some nifty offensive to help him finish around the basket and sink all three of his 3-point tries. And, George's kick-out pass set up a 3-pointer at the buzzer by Deonte Burton that lifted OKC's lead to 36-26.
The second quarter had some similarities, but with Westbrook getting more into the act for the Thunder.
George finished the half with 25 points (8 of 11 from the floor, 4 of 4 on 3's), while Westbrook had 12 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists.
For Portland, CJ McCollum had 10 first-half points, with seven other Blazers scoring 3 to 7 — and Lillard 1 of 10 from the field (1 of 4 from beyond the arc).
After three quarters, the Blazers had improved their position significantly, pulling to within 87-82 with a late rush in the frame.
Oklahoma City held its ground in the fourth quarter, however. The Thunder got their lead back into double digits and were in front 111-98 with three minutes remaining and 113-103 with two minutes left. Portland was down 117-108 at the one-minute mark.
A 3 by Westbrook with 51.4 seconds to go put the Thunder into a 120-107 lead.
McCollum finished with 13 points, as did Al-Farouq Aminu. Jusuf Nurkic had 9 points and a team-high 12 rebounds. Aminu grabbed nine boards.
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