Lillard, 3-pointers lift Blazers
The Trail Blazers used the 3-ball to defeat Oklahoma City 102-99 Wednesday night and finish a four-game road trip 3-1.
Portland knocked down 17 of 35 shots from beyond the arc (.486) en route to the win at Chesapeake Energy Arena. The Blazers shot only .395 overall and made only 17 of 51 2-point attempts (.333).
Damian Lillard collected 23 points, 13 assists and seven rebounds and provided the spark with three straight 3-point shots after the Blazers (3-2) fell behind by six points in the fourth quarter.
CJ McCollum added 22 points and Hassan Whiteside chipped in 12 points and 12 rebounds for Portland, which returns home to play host to Philadelphia (4-0) at 7 p.m. Saturday.
Chris Paul had 19 points, five rebounds and five assists for the Thunder (1-4), who shot .386 from the field and made only 4 of 27 attempts from 3-point range.
The Thunder rallied from a 49-44 halftime deficit to go ahead 60-56 midway through the third quarter. They carried a 69-68 advantage into the final period.
OKC hiked its edge to 81-75 with 6:58 to play, but Lillard bombed in three straight treys to give Portland a 92-87 lead. Nerlen Noel's dunk drew the Thunder to within 97-95 with 45.9 seconds left.
Rodney Hood's 3 from the corner gave Portland a 100-95 advantage with 30.3 seconds to go. The Thunder got no closer than three points the rest of the way.
The Blazers led 24-17 after one quarter, McCollum leading the way with 10 points.
OKC cut the margin to 33-31 midway through the second quarter, but back-to-back 3's by Anthony Tolliver extended the difference to 44-35. Portland led by five at the half.
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