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Staff report: Lillard goes for 34, Trent career-high 30 in road loss to Thunder

Chris Paul scored 30 points and Oklahoma City boat-raced the shorthanded Trail Blazers 119-106 Saturday night at Chesapeake Energy Arena.

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander added 22 points, 10 rebounds and five assists for the Thunder (24-19).

Damian Lillard scored 34 points and Gary Trent Jr. bombed in a career-high 30 points for Portland (18-26), which fell into 11th place in the NBA Western Conference.

The Blazers were down to eight players available after a trade sent Kent Bazemore and Anthony Tolliver to Sacramento for Trevor Ariza, Wenyen Gabriel and Caleb Swanigan. Portland also sent two future second-round draft picks to the Kings.

CJ McCollum missed the game due to an ankle injury suffered in Friday's 120-112 loss at Dallas.

Oklahoma City made nine of its first 14 shots to forge a 24-13 lead. Portland closed it to 32-24 after one quarter. The Blazers cut it to 37-35, and were still within 57-55 late in the second quarter, with Lillard scoring 11 straight points. But Paul answered with seven straight points to make it 64-55. It was 64-55 at the half, with Lillard scoring 24 points and Paul 21.

The Thunder extended it to 74-63, but the Blazers drew to within 77-73 late in the third quarter. OKC used a 10-2 spurt to make it 87-75; it was 87-77 heading into the final period. Lillard missed all eight of his field goal attempts in the third quarter.

The difference grew to 105-85 with six minutes remaining. The Blazers got no closer than 13 the rest of the way.

On his 21st birthday, Trent took advantage of a career-high 36 points to put together a career game. The second-year pro from Duke made 12 of 18 shots from the field, including 5 of 9 from the 3-point line. Trent made his first seven shots from the field, three from 3-point range.

Portland plays host to Golden State on Monday night at Moda Center.


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