Thunder overcome 51-point performance by Lillard to win in OT

Thunder overcome 51-point performance by Lillard to win in OT

Russell Westbrook was called for a flagrant-1 foul and Jusuf Nurkic got a technical for an incident between the two in the second quarter of Thursday's Oklahoma City Thunder-Portland Trail Blazers game. Final score 129-121.

There was a lot riding on this game as both teams are now seen as outside contenders for the western conference championship.

And the fans roared for both: MVP chants for Lillard and boos for Westbrook.

Westbrook admits he doesn't mind the boos from the opposing crowd, claiming he'd do the same if he was on the other side. Nurkic received a technical foul for the dispute. He thought George hit him again and confronted George forehead to forehead, and both players drew technicals - Nurkic's second, ending his evening. As mentioned, the whole contest was a barnburner, close throughout and OKC led by two points at halftime.

Rip City couple: Divided loyalties: Killer style: Cool Mom/Cool Son: The second half brought much of the same drama as the first.

Russell Westbrook had 37 points to lead the Thunder, including a three-pointer and a layup on a fast break off a block by Terrance Ferguson in overtime to help seal the win.

More news: Disney Opens The Vault For Streaming Service

Damian Lillard had had 51 points to lead the Blazers, who shot just 39 percent from the field.

Nurkic was eventually ejected after netting a second technical foul for making forehead-to-forehead contact with Paul George in the final seconds of regulation.

Nurkic's ejection didn't immediately cost the Blazers, though that took some good fortune. Poor Skal, who hadn't expected to play at all, was suddenly thrust into the most critical moment of the game.

In overtime, Westbrook set the tone by scoring 5 of the Thunder's first 7 points on a three-pointer and two free throws for a 120-117 lead with 2:53 left. If he missed either one, the Blazers would likely lose. The Blazers were only 4 of 17 from 3-point range but were 19 of 25 at the foul line. But boy the the Blazers missed Nurkic's defense in the middle.

A 13-0 run in the third quarter quarter put Milwaukee firmly in control, and they pulled away in the fourth.

Hopefully, if these two teams meet up in a potential playoff series, it won't be decided by a missed call. But Portland should hope that doesn't happen. "So (the regular season sweep) is out the window".

Related Articles