Thunder drop Game 1 to Trail Blazers following shooting woes

Annette Crawford
Апреля 15, 2019

Enes Kanter added 20 points and a career playoff-high 18 rebounds for the Blazers, who were making their sixth straight postseason appearance. Of the 16 playoff teams, only the Detroit Pistons had a worst three-point percentage as a team than Oklahoma City in the regular season.

The Blazers have endured a miserable record in the playoffs in recent years, suffering back-to-back first round sweeps in 2017 and 2018 against Golden State and New Orleans. Adams led the way with 13 points in the first half, Westbrook added 10-8-7, and the Thunder were within striking distance despite George's 9 points on 3-of-14 from the field. CJ McCollum added 24 points.

Oklahoma City beat the Blazers in all four meetings this season, including a heated 129-121 overtime victory on March 7.

"I thought we did a good job", Westbrook said of sticking with the game plan on offense.

Portland jumped out to a 26-15 lead early on McCollum's third 3-pointer.

On Feb. 7, just hours after the National Basketball Association trade deadline, the New York Knicks released Kanter.

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The Thunder rallied from a 19-point deficit in the first half to trail by just 54-48 at the break. Terrance Ferguson and McCollum had a heated exchange in the second quarter, earning technical fouls. Portland went on to lead the opening quarter by as many as 17 points, paced by Lillard with 12 points. The Blazers led 39-25 after the first quarter and were able to close out the rest of the game in entertaining fashion.

Drummond threw a kiss to the Fiserv Forum crowd as he headed to the showers but it might as well be the kiss of death for the Pistons against the NBA's top team (60 wins) in the regular season. Kanter had his third playoff double-double.

"He gave us a lot of toughness inside", Stotts said.

"Any time you're going up against a team you played for, in the most important series of the year, you're going to want to play well", Lillard said.

Lillard wasted no time to get in the scoring column in this one, pulling up from the Moda Center logo for his first bucket of the game.

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