Blazers Blow Out Thunder in Portland
The Oklahoma City Thunder got off to a good start, but the last three quarters went downhill in a 114-95 loss to the Portland Trail Blazers on Tuesday night at the Moda Center in Portland, Oregon.
The Thunder struggled offensively, making just 38 percent of their shots, while the Blazers hit 54 percent from the field.
OKC led most of the first quarter, but Portland closed the period with a 13-4 run and led 32-31 after the first quarter.
The Blazers never trailed again, leading by 16 at halftime, 68-52, and building the lead to 25 at one point in third quarter.
OKC’s reserves played most of the fourth quarter, as they suffered their second loss in the last three games.
Russell Westbrook led the Thunder with 20 points, but hit just 7 of 19 shots, and added six rebounds and six assists.
Steven Adams added 14 points, while Jerami Grant, who started in place of the injured Victor Oladipo, had 11 points.
Oladipo did not play after suffering a wrist injury on Sunday vs. Boston.
He’s listed as day-to-day and could play on Wednesday.
Portland had six players score in double figures, led by Mason Plumlee’s 18 points.
Damian Lillard added 17 points and 9 assists.
The Thunder have lost five in a row at Portland, and dropped to 15-10 on the season.
Portland improved to 13-14 on the season and ended a four-game losing streak.
OKC plays at Utah on Wednesday night at 8:00 pm central time in Salt Lake City.