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NBA Playoffs: Trail Blazers Quiet Thunder Again In Game Two

NBA Playoffs: Trail Blazers Quiet Thunder Again In Game Two

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Winning a game on the other team’s court can be crucial to winning a playoff series. After getting beat in Game One, the Oklahoma City Thunder were hoping to accomplish that task in Game Two Tuesday night. But the Portland Trail Blazers had another outcome in mind.

The Thunder got off to a good start and led by five after the first, 31-26. The energy was where it needed to be for Oklahoma City; it was clear, they were intent on not making it as easy for the Trail Blazers this time.

But they couldn’t hold onto the lead in the second quarter, and at the half, the score was tied 54-54.

Portland took an early lead in the third quarter, but the game remained close until a late 12-2 run by the Trail Blazers pushed their lead out to 16 points, 95-71. The Thunder’s offense remained dormant in the fourth quarter as well. Oklahoma City went on to lose by 20, 114-94.

The Thunder got a decent night out of Paul George (11-20 from the floor; 2-7 from three-point range) with 27 points. However, they didn’t get much out of Russell Westbrook. He was a rebound away from a triple-double (14 points, nine rebounds, and 11 assists). But they need him to score more.

After the game, he admitted that the team needs him to better, via ESPN:

“I’ve got to play better. Tonight, the loss, I’m going to take full responsibility of tonight because the way I played was unacceptable. I’m going to be better.”

Westbrook was 5-20 from the field and just 1-6 from three-point range. But no one on the team shot well from behind the arc. On the night, the Thunder only hit five of 28 attempts (17.9 percent). They did not do well from there in Game One either (5-33; 15.2 percent).

The Thunder were 23rd during the regular season from three-point range hitting 35.4 percent of their shots.

For the second game in a row, Portland took care of business. C.J. McCollum does not appear to be bothered by his late-season knee injury. He led the Trail Blazers with 33 points followed by Damian Lillard with 29.

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The series will now shift to Oklahoma City for Game Three, which will be on Friday. Despite losing both games in Portland, the odds favor the Thunder; they are 7.5 point favorites.

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