Thunder get wild overtime victory over Trail Blazers

Thunder get wild overtime victory over Trail Blazers

Thunder get wild overtime victory over Trail Blazers

Portland Trail Blazers guard C.J. McCollum scored 25 points (9-of-24 field goals, 4-of-4 free throws) with 5 rebounds, 1 steal, 1 block, 3 3-pointers, and 1 turnover in 44.8 minutes of a 129-121 overtime loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder on Thursday.

He added that a fourth official had the potential to adversely affect floor spacing for a crew in a similar way that adding a sixth player would to the spacing of a team. But the Thunder always seem to rise up and bring their A-game against the best teams in the league, and they'll certainly need to do that to get a victory in one of the toughest arenas in the National Basketball Association.

This play served to ratchet up the intensity, but it also had a huge effect on the game later on when Nurkic received another technical foul and was therefore ejected from the game. The ref let the two teams play on, and Terrance Ferguson put back George's miss to give the Thunder a two point advantage. He was expected to be the second option alongside Westbrook, but they've been 1A and 1B in the Thunder offense all season. Lillard tried to involve his teammates, dishing out to the wings at times, but the shots weren't falling for role players like Layman, Aminu, and Rodney Hood. The game gets extremely chippy after Paul George hits Jusuf Nurkic with an inadvertent elbow to the face on one end, then Nurkic headbutts George on the other for his second technical and the ejection.

Trail Blazers: Despite a very successful road trip, the Blazers are happy to be home again.

Damian Lillard had 18 points and nine assists, while Jusuf Nurkic added 14 points and nine rebounds.

McCutchen further cited the need for referees to withstand the differing dynamics that result from when during the season a game is played - including whether it's in the playoffs - and how that could lower the bar on how games are called. Cold off the bench, Labissiere missed the first free throw. Portland inbounded with 1.9 seconds to go, but Lillard's half-court prayer wasn't close, and it was on to overtime. He ranks 10th in the National Basketball Association scoring 25.9 points per game. But boy the the Blazers missed Nurkic's defense in the middle. Unfortunately, it appears that OKC has their number. "So (the regular season sweep) is out the window".

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