Thunder’s struggle with Portland ends with loss
It could be characterized as the Thunder’s worse loss of the season. OKC let a 13-point 4th quarter lead evaporate and ended up losing 115-111 in overtime to the Portland Trail Blazers.
The loss occurred despite a season high of 40 points for Russell Westbrook; he tallied a double-double with 10 boards.
Damian Lillard also dropped 40 in the contest which was guided by 8 triples. He had 22 points at the half. He also recorded a double-double with 11 assists.
In all, the Blazers buried 17 three pointers in the contest.
Russell Westbrook missed a late free throw, which Damian Lillard turned into a trifecta on the other end with just 3 seconds left to play.
Westbrook missed a jumper from behind the arc at the end of regulation.
The Blazers proved to be too much and frustration boiled over in the extra session as Serge Ibaka and LaMarcus Aldridge got tangled up under the basket. Both were issued double technical fouls and ejected.
Aldridge battled through an upper respiratory infection to score 25 and grab 9 rebounds.
Scott Brooks said after the game, “We didn’t keep our composure. You can’t do that. You gotta play with poise and composure throughout the game, but give them credit.”
Kevin Durant missed his third straight game with that sprained right ankle. The MVP is still listed as day to day.
Now the Thunder ride a two game losing streak into their Christmas day showdown with San Antonio on the road.