Okc 22 20 26 19 87
Por 19 24 16 24 83
Date of game: 1/13/2013

Recap: Portland vs. Oklahoma City

Portland, OR (Sports Network) - Kevin Durant poured in 33 points to go with six assists and four rebounds to lead the Oklahoma City Thunder to an 87-83 win over the Portland Trail Blazers on Sunday at the Rose Garden.

Russell Westbrook added 18 points, nine assists and eight rebounds and DeAndre Liggins chipped in 11 points for the Thunder, winners of three straight and five of their last six games.

"It was inspired defensive basketball -- one of our best defensive games of the year, which was surprising, because we didn't have two of our best defensive players in the lineup," Thunder head coach Scott Brooks said.

LaMarcus Aldridge scored 33 points to go with 11 boards and Nicolas Batum added 21 points and seven rebounds for the Trail Blazers, who have dropped two straight on the heels of a four-game winning streak.

"I'm not going to criticize our guys," Portland head coach Terry Stotts said. "They played their (tails) off, were in position to put it into overtime and didn't quite get it done."

Damian Lillard finished with nine points and nine assists in the setback.

Oklahoma City led 84-74 with just over 3 1/2 minutes remaining, but an Aldridge jumper sparked a 9-0 Portland run. Durant had a chance to end the Thunder's scoring drought, but was stripped by Wesley Matthews with 26.9 seconds left.

Matthews then found Batum on the right wing and the Frenchman buried a trey to pull the Blazers within one point.

Lillard then stripped Westbrook in the backcourt. It appeared Westbrook had been fouled on the play, though the whistles remained silent.

Portland, though, couldn't cash in on the turnover, as Batum banged a layup off the backboard and Portland was forced to foul Kendrick Perkins after he corralled the rebound.

Perkins missed the first free throw attempt, but buried the next to make it 85-83 with 8.5 seconds left.

The Blazers threw it in to Aldridge, who couldn't get an off-balance fadeaway to go, and a pair of Westbrook free throws with 1.7 ticks left accounted for the final margin.

The Thunder led 22-19 after the first quarter, but Portland outscored Oklahoma City 24-20 in the second to take a 43-42 lead into the break.

A 15-4 run put the Thunder up 63-52 with three minutes left in the third quarter, and Oklahoma City led 68-59 entering the final frame.

Game Notes

The Thunder are 25-0 this season when leading after three quarters ... Perkins finished with three points and a game-high 12 rebounds ... Liggins posted career-highs for points and rebounds (nine) ... Portland shot just 36 percent (31-for-86) from the floor.

Three RBs added to Payton Award Watch List

Five weeks into the FCS season, the picture of which players stand out above the rest in terms of both statistics and value is coming into focus.

NASCAR News
The Inside Line: Stewart still coping with tragedy

Seven weeks after his involvement in an accident that took the life of Kevin Ward Jr. during a sprint car race on a dirt track in Upstate New York, Tony Stewart continues to deal with emotions surrounding the tragic incident.

Latest Sports Photos
Latest Sports Photos
0 Votes
Team CHOCOLATE MILK member Owen Hammond recovers post-race with lowfat chocolate milk after finishing 140.6 miles at IRONMAN Chattanooga.

0 Votes
a skydiver was injured when attempting to land in a pre game show at the Lookouts opening game on 4/3/2014

0 Votes
SEC Champions Alabama created by artist Ben Teeter S/N C.O.A. available for the dedicated Alabama fan!

1 Vote
first catch of the season looks like a good year

0 Votes
Gina McLeroy Spring City, TN

0 Votes
Our Son Brandon McLeroy MTSU Football 2011 Gina McLeroy Spring City TN

1 Vote
this is James Howard telling Gracie what to do.

0 Votes
Riverbend fun!

0 Votes
I nees a four letter word for the outside layer of a tree.

0 Votes
Cameron is a rising athlete. He has a God given talent for the game of football. This picture is of him stopping the ball carrier in our game in the ...
Featured Partners
www.eastridgeretirementcenter.com
The newly modeled East Ridge Residence is a must see with its spacious comfortable apartments. Plus, 3 delicious meals daily, geriatric physician, home healthcare services and fun festive activities. Schedule your visit today!
www.ameripriseadvisors.com/james.m.scotchie
Together we can make a confident retirement possible. Simply click to get started with your private wealth advisor. Talk to Jimmy Scotchie, Certified Financial Planner.
www.comcast.com/cable-internet-packages.html
Get started at $79.99 a month for 12 months. Plus, get a $75 VISA® Prepaid card.
 
Supermarket Guru
From The Archives
Scenic City Roots
Through Irish Eyes
Brand News
Prime Mashup
What's Trending
Megan Wise Goes Outside
Stay Connected with WDEF News 12
 
Inergize Digital This site is hosted and managed by Inergize Digital.