Damian Lillard had one of his best games of the season, but it wasn’t enough to down Russell Westbrook and the Oklahoma City Thunder in what ended up as a physical thriller.
Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook, right, drives Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard.Source:AP
Russell Westbrook and Paul George combined for 69 points as the visiting Oklahoma City Thunder took down the Portland Trail Blazers 129-121 in overtime.
Westbrook scored 37 points and George collected 32 points, 14 rebounds and six assists as the Thunder secured a four-game series sweep against the Trail Blazers this season.
Damian Lillard bombed in a season-high 51 points with nine assists for Portland, which had won six of its previous eight contests. CJ McCollum added 25 points for the Blazers, and Jusuf Nurkic had 13 points and 17 rebounds.
In the extra session, Westbrook scored five of the Thunder’s first seven points on a 3-pointer and two free throws for a 120-117 lead with 2:53 left. George hit 1 of 2 foul shots for a 121-117 advantage, and Westbrook’s fastbreak layup made it 123-117 with 2:09 remaining.
Are the Thunder legit?Source:AP
Lillard sank a pair at the line to trim the difference to four with 1:28 to play. Westbrook split a pair at the line to make it 124-119, then George made two foul shots for a seven-point lead with 55.7 seconds on the clock. Lillard’s two free throws cut it to 126-121, but Jerami Grant’s three-point play upped Oklahoma City’s lead to 129-121, and the Blazers were sunk.
BUCKS DOWN PACERS
Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 29 points and Khris Middleton added 27 to help the Milwaukee Bucks bounce back from their first consecutive losses of the season with a 117-98 victory over the Indiana Pacers on Thursday night.
Milwaukee, which improved to an NBA-best 49-16, was coming off back-to-back losses to Utah and Phoenix after opening a five-game road trip with three victories.
The Bucks gained control with a 12-0 spurt early in the fourth quarter. Kyle O’Quinn opened the final period with a floater from the lane to bring the Pacers within 10 at 84-74. Ersan Ilyasova hit a 3-pointer to trigger the run, capped by Antetokounmpo’s drive to make it 96-74 with 8:21 left.
Myles Turner had 22 points and Bojan Bogdanovic 17 for the Pacers. Bogdanovic hit a pair of 3-pointers to pull Indiana within three points at 67-64. But Milwaukee responded with 13 consecutive points, pushing the lead to 80-64 on Antetokounmpo’s dunk with 2:56 left in the third quarter. The Bucks opened their largest lead of the first half at 47-33 on two free throws by Antetokounmpo, but the Pacers went on a 17-7 run to close within 54-50 at the break.