Blazers Edge Thunder On New Year’s Eve
The Portland Trail Blazers rallied from a 16-point first half deficit and beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 98-94 on Tuesday night at Chesapeake Arena in Oklahoma City.
Former Texas star LaMarcus Aldridge had 25 points and 14 rebounds, leading all five Blazers starters in double figures.
The Thunder didn’t help themselves late, missing four free throws in the final two and a half minutes, including one late by Kevin Durant.
Off Durant’s miss, Serge Ibaka missed a tip-in, then Durant got the loose ball and missed a short shot in the lane that could have tied the game.
Durant led all scorers with 37 points and 14 rebounds.
Ibaka had 17 points, but just four rebounds.
Reggie Jackson added 12 points, but hit just 5 of 13 from the field.
Jeremy Lamb chipped in 10 points off the bench.
The Thunder outshot Portland 44 percent to 40 percent, but hit just three of 14 forom three-point range, and hit just 73 percent from the free throw line.
OKC suffered just their second home loss of the season, dropping to 25-6.
The Thunder remain a half game ahead of the Blazers in the Northwest division.
OKC hosts Brooklyn on Thursday night at 7:00.