Thunder Hold Off Portland for First Win on Road Trip

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The Oklahoma City Thunder led most of the game, and after surrendering the lead early in the fourth quarter, responded with a 17-3 run to take charge, then held on late to beat the Portland Trail Blazers 125-122 on Monday night at the Moda Center in Portland, Oregon.

The Thunder shot 51 percent from the field and made 18 three-pointers, 12 of those in the first half.

OKC led by 9 at halftime and by just three after three quarters, before falling behind 95-94 on a jump shot by former Thunder forward Carmelo Anthony.

The Thunder responded with a 17-3 run to build an 11-point lead, then survived a late Blazers rally to hold on an get their first win in four games on their five-game road trip.

Five Thunder players scored in double figures, led by 24 points by Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, who added 9 rebounds and 6 assists.

Mike Muscala had 23 points and made six three-pointers.

Darius Bazley had 19 points, Isaiah Roby 16 points and Hamidou Diallo 11.

Damian Lillard led Portland with 26 points and had 10 assists, but was just 8-for-23 from the field.

Anfernee Simons also scored 26 points and made six three-pointers.

The Thunder improved to 7-9 on the season and will finish their road trip Wednesday night at Phoenix at 8:00 pm.

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