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Portland at Oklahoma City

Blazers' Wallace scores 40, Thunder win and clinch

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OKLAHOMA CITY -- Russell Westbrook is most dangerous when attacking the basket. Five fouls kept him from doing that late in Oklahoma City's game with Portland, but his perimeter play was more than enough.

Westbrook's three 3-pointers in the final 5½ minutes, including the clincher with 21 seconds remaining, carried the Thunder to a 99-90 victory against the Portland Trail Blazers on Sunday and clinched Oklahoma City's second straight playoff berth.

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"You ask just about anybody, they'd rather have the ball in Westbrook's hands than [Kevin] Durant's hands late in the game, but he made some big shots," said Portland's Gerald Wallace, who scored 40 points, two short of his career high. "They've got a great two-headed snake over there."

Westbrook finished with 28 points and Durant had 21, but was he was only 5 for 18 from the field and scored only six in the second half. Wallace was unguardable at times in the second half as he carried the Trail Blazers back from a 14-point halftime deficit. But Oklahoma City made enough plays late to beat Portland for the third time in three tries.

"Once you're in a zone like that, you're tough to stop," Durant said of Wallace, whom he guarded much of the night. "But I think we did a good job of helping each other out."

Westbrook's 3 from the left wing gave the Thunder a 97-90 lead and, after Wallace missed a jumper with 16 seconds remaining, the Thunder could finally breathe easy. Their previous two victories had been by a combined three points.

Oklahoma City won its third straight and ninth in the past 10. LaMarcus Aldridge scored 20 for Portland.

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Westbrook picked up his fifth foul with 6:18 remaining, but proceeded to hit back-to-back 3-pointers to help the Thunder build a 90-82 lead with just over four minutes remaining. Wallace countered with consecutive baskets of his own to get Portland within 90-88 with 2:11 left.

It was 92-88 when Wallace had his shot blocked by Kendrick Perkins on a drive to the basket, and Andre Miller's follow attempt was blocked by Serge Ibaka. That led to Westbrook's breakaway for a 94-88 lead.

Two free throws by Aldridge made it 94-90 with 43 seconds remaining, but Westbrook clinched it with his long 3 about 20 seconds later.

Wallace scored 15 in the third quarter. The Blazers began the period by outscoring Oklahoma City 13-3, Wallace scoring six, and it stayed close the rest of the way. A late spurt by the Thunder, capped by James Harden's 3-pointer, gave Oklahoma City a six-point edge heading into the fourth.

Aldridge and Wallace combined to help the Trail Blazers turn an early nine-point deficit into a one-point lead. Durant hit a 3-pointer to begin a Thunder second-quarter spurt that saw them outscore the Trail Blazers 19-7 for a 55-41 halftime lead.

Notes

  • Thunder coach Scott Brooks received his first technical foul of the season. It came four minutes into the third quarter, for arguing a foul called against Durant.
  • Portland's Nicolas Batum, who scored four points in the final second to beat San Antonio on Friday, saw his streak of 20-point games end at three. He scored 6.
  • The Thunder will wind up their six-game homestand, the longest in Oklahoma City history, on Tuesday against Golden State.
  • Oklahoma City recalled center Byron Mullens from Tulsa of the NBA Development League.
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Russell Westbrook goes up for a basket and later hits three clutch 3-pointers in the Thunder's win over the Trail Blazers. (AP)
Russell Westbrook goes up for a basket and later hits three clutch 3-pointers in the Thunder's win over the Trail Blazers. (AP)
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Portland (42-31)2021311890
Oklahoma City (48-24) «2134232199
POR:G. Wallace 40 Pts
POR:M. Camby 13 Reb
POR:A. Miller 5 Ast
OKC:R. Westbrook 28 Pts
OKC:K. Perkins 10 Reb
OKC:R. Westbrook 7 Ast
Players of the Game
PortlandOklahoma City

Gerald Wallace

Russell Westbrook
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Portland
G. Wallace, SF4516-287-970240
L. Aldridge, PF448-174-473320
A. Miller, PG384-131-28529
W. Matthews, SG302-90-12214
N. Batum, SF211-43-40036
M. Camby, C312-50-013144
R. Fernandez, SG190-23-41203
B. Roy, SG132-30-00314
G. Oden, CDid Not Play
P. Mills, PGDid Not Play
L. Babbitt, SFDid Not Play
E. Williams, SGDid Not Play
A. Johnson, PGDid Not Play
C. Johnson, CDid Not Play
Totals 35-8118-2438161690
 43.2%75.0% 
Oklahoma City
K. Durant, SF415-188-831521
R. Westbrook, PG349-196-777528
K. Perkins, C313-60-110036
S. Ibaka, PF287-94-480318
T. Sefolosha, SF180-51-22011
J. Harden, SG252-83-32138
N. Collison, PF232-30-05034
D. Cook, SG141-20-01003
E. Maynor, PG142-40-01314
N. Mohammed, C121-14-43126
R. Ivey, PGDid Not Play
N. Robinson, PGDid Not Play
B. Mullens, CDid Not Play
C. Aldrich, CDid Not Play
Totals 32-7526-2942132699
 42.7%89.7% 
Other Games
Sac 114 Final
Phi 111
Atl 99 Final
Cle 83
Hou 119 Final
Mia 125
SA 104 Final
Mem 111
Bos 85 Final
Min 82
Wash 104 Final
GS 114
NO 84 Final
LAL 102
Dal 91 Final
Pho 83