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Portland wins Game 1 against the Thunder 104-99

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) After eight straight playoff losses over the past two years, the Portland Trail Blazers finally got a win.

Damian Lillard scored 30 points and the third-seeded Blazers opened their series against the No. 6 Oklahoma City Thunder on Sunday with a 104-99 victory.

''We know how it feels to win again,'' Lillard said. ''Now we can just kind of move on from that and stay focused on this series.''

Portland was swept by New Orleans last season and the Warriors the year before.

Enes Kanter added 20 points and a career playoff-high 18 rebounds for the Blazers, who were making their sixth straight postseason appearance. CJ McCollum added 24 points.

Russell Westbrook had 24 points, 10 assists and 10 rebounds for his ninth career postseason triple-double. Paul George, who was a game-time decision because of a sore shoulder, added 26 points and 10 rebounds despite a rough shooting night.

Westbrook appeared to hurt his right ankle in the final quarter and grimaced while trying to walk it off. Trainers attended to him on the bench at the next timeout but he returned and his layup closed the gap to 91-87 with just under 4 minutes left.

Asked about it afterward, Westbrook said: ''We'll see.''

After trailing by as many as 19 points in the first half, Oklahoma City pulled within as 93-92 on George's 3-pointer with 2:44 left. Lillard answered with a long 3-pointer to keep the Blazers ahead and Al-Farouq Aminu made free throws to extend Portland's lead to 98-92.

George made a 3-pointer with 8.2 seconds remaining to get the Thunder within 100-97 but Portland hung on.

''We knew it was going to be a fight all night long. Even at the beginning of the game when we were up like 17 at one point, I wasn't looking at the scoreboard like, `Let's put them away.'' I was like, `Let's just stay solid, keep competing, keep playing hard,' Lillard said. ''And then when they make their runs, and when they get back in the game, (you) just weather those storms.''

It was the first postseason meeting between the teams since the Thunder moved from Seattle to Oklahoma City.

Oklahoma City beat the Blazers in all four meetings this season, including a heated 129-121 overtime victory on March 7.

The Thunder have been to the playoffs for eight of the last nine seasons, but they haven't gotten past the opening round for the past two.

George was nursing a sore right shoulder and was considered day-to-day for Sunday's game but he started. However he was just 1 of 6 from the floor in the opening quarter. For the game, he made four of 15 3-point attempts.

''Four days ago I couldn't even lift my shoulder,'' he said. ''Then fast forward to today this is the first day I've even shot the ball, so for me it's just rhythm.''

George missed the Thunder' regular-season finale Wednesday at Milwaukee because of the nagging injury, which also kept him out of games on Feb. 28, March 2 and March 3.

McCollum missed 10 games down the stretch with a left knee strain and had only played in two games since returning. But he started and hit his first two 3-point attempts.

The Blazers' hopes for postseason success were dealt a blow last month when center Jusuf Nurkic was lost for the season with a broken left leg. Nurkic was averaging 15.6 points and 10.4 rebounds when he sustained the gruesome injury during a game against the Brooklyn Nets.

Kanter, signed just before the All-Star break after he was waived by the New York Knicks, has started in Nurkic's place.

The Thunder rallied from a 19-point deficit in the first half to trail by just 54-48 at the break. But they struggled from 3-point range, making just two of 18 attempts.

There was simmering tension between the teams. Terrance Ferguson and McCollum had a heated exchange in the second quarter, earning technical fouls. Ferguson earned his third foul and headed to the bench.

Westbrook's layup got the Thunder within 64-60, but he collected his fourth foul late in the third and went to the bench. The Blazers went into the fourth quarter with a 76-69 lead.

The Thunder's only lead was in the opening quarter.

''It's a series. First to four. They won the first game,'' Westbrook said. ''Now we make adjustments, come back, play harder next game and try to take it.''

TIP-INS:

Thunder: While the Thunder swept the Blazers 4-0 during the regular season, Portland swept them in four games the season before.

Trail Blazers: Blazers coach Terry Stotts concluded his pregame talk with the media by saying. ''All right. Masters.'' The Blazers were 8-8 in the postseason against the SuperSonics. ... Portland had won the last eight regular-season games at the Moda Center. ... Kanter had his third playoff double-double. ... The Blazers haven't made it out of the first round for the past two seasons. Last year as a No. 3 seed Portland got swept by the New Orleans Pelicans.

KANTER'S DAY

In just his ninth start with the Blazers, Kanter became just the third player in team history with at least 20 points and 18 rebounds in playoff game. Bill Walton did it three times and LaMarcus Aldridge once.

''He gave us a lot of toughness inside,'' Stotts said. ''Obviously, his rebounding and scoring. I thought his conditioning was really good. He maintained a high level of play for a long period of time.''

UP NEXT: Game 2 is Tuesday night at the Moda Center.

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1st Quarter

Time Team Play Score
12:00   Jumpball  
11:46   Steven Adams missed alley-oop shot  
11:44   Defensive rebound by Enes Kanter  
11:38 +3 Damian Lillard made 3-pt. jump shot 0-3
11:13   Defensive rebound by Maurice Harkless  
11:08   Defensive rebound by Steven Adams  
11:05   Paul George missed driving layup, blocked by Maurice Harkless  
10:59 +2 Paul George made jump shot, assist by Russell Westbrook 2-3
10:41   Bad pass turnover on Al-Farouq Aminu, stolen by Paul George  
10:31   Shooting foul on Al-Farouq Aminu  
10:31 +1 Jerami Grant made 1st of 2 free throws 3-3
10:31 +1 Jerami Grant made 2nd of 2 free throws 4-3
10:20   Personal foul on Terrance Ferguson  
10:09   Offensive rebound by Enes Kanter  
10:08 +2 Enes Kanter made dunk 4-5
9:51   Shooting foul on Enes Kanter  
9:51   Steven Adams missed 1st of 2 free throws  
9:51   OKC team rebound  
9:51 +1 Steven Adams made 2nd of 2 free throws 5-5
9:34 +3 CJ McCollum made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Damian Lillard 5-8
9:23   Paul George missed 3-pt. jump shot  
9:21   Offensive rebound by Paul George  
9:19   Shooting foul on Maurice Harkless  
9:19 +1 Paul George made 1st of 2 free throws 6-8
9:19 +1 Paul George made 2nd of 2 free throws 7-8
8:51 +2 Steven Adams made driving layup 9-10
8:41 +3 CJ McCollum made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Damian Lillard 9-13
8:29 +2 Steven Adams made dunk, assist by Russell Westbrook 11-13
8:11 +1 CJ McCollum made 1st of 2 free throws 11-14
8:11 +1 CJ McCollum made 2nd of 2 free throws 11-15
8:00 +2 Steven Adams made floating jump shot, assist by Russell Westbrook 13-15
7:47   Shooting foul on Paul George  
7:47 +1 Enes Kanter made 1st of 2 free throws 13-16
7:47 +1 Enes Kanter made 2nd of 2 free throws 13-17
7:28   Paul George missed jump shot, blocked by Maurice Harkless  
7:26   Defensive rebound by Maurice Harkless  
7:09 +2 Al-Farouq Aminu made floating jump shot, assist by Maurice Harkless 13-19
6:58   Russell Westbrook missed jump shot  
6:55   Defensive rebound by Al-Farouq Aminu  
6:44 +3 Damian Lillard made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by CJ McCollum 13-22
6:33   Bad pass turnover on Paul George, stolen by Damian Lillard  
6:30   Shooting foul on Dennis Schroder  
6:30   Damian Lillard missed 1st of 2 free throws  
6:30   POR team rebound  
6:30 +1 Damian Lillard made 2nd of 2 free throws 13-23
6:13   Shooting foul on Maurice Harkless  
6:13 +1 Jerami Grant made 1st of 2 free throws 14-23
5:59 +3 CJ McCollum made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Evan Turner 15-26
5:50   Russell Westbrook missed driving layup, blocked by Enes Kanter  
5:49   Defensive rebound by Damian Lillard  
5:41   CJ McCollum missed 3-pt. jump shot  
5:19 +2 Steven Adams made hook shot 17-28
4:50   Defensive rebound by Dennis Schroder  
4:41   Dennis Schroder missed jump shot  
4:38 +2 Jerami Grant made dunk 19-28
4:21   Bad pass turnover on Evan Turner, stolen by Steven Adams  
4:16   Paul George missed driving layup, blocked by Al-Farouq Aminu  
4:14   Defensive rebound by Evan Turner  
4:09   CJ McCollum missed driving layup  
4:09   Offensive rebound by Enes Kanter  
3:54   Defensive rebound by Enes Kanter  
3:46 +3 Damian Lillard made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Evan Turner 19-33
3:37 +2 Russell Westbrook made layup 21-33
3:18   Shooting foul on Steven Adams  
3:18 +1 Al-Farouq Aminu made 1st of 2 free throws 21-34
3:18 +1 Al-Farouq Aminu made 2nd of 2 free throws 21-35
2:59   Raymond Felton missed 3-pt. jump shot  
2:56   Defensive rebound by Enes Kanter  
2:45 +3 Rodney Hood made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Enes Kanter 21-38
2:29   Defensive rebound by Enes Kanter  
2:12 +2 Steven Adams made hook shot, assist by Russell Westbrook 23-38
1:49   Enes Kanter missed jump shot  
1:46   Defensive rebound by Russell Westbrook  
1:36   Jerami Grant missed layup, blocked by Al-Farouq Aminu  
1:34   Offensive rebound by Steven Adams  
1:14   Out of bounds turnover on Rodney Hood  
1:00 +2 Dennis Schroder made floating jump shot 25-38
0:33   Offensive rebound by Nerlens Noel  
0:33   Nerlens Noel missed dunk  
0:33   Defensive rebound by Rodney Hood  
0:20   Shooting foul on Nerlens Noel  
0:20   Meyers Leonard missed 1st of 2 free throws  
0:20   POR team rebound  
0:20 +1 Meyers Leonard made 2nd of 2 free throws 25-39
0:00   Markieff Morris missed turnaround jump shot  
0:00   OKC team rebound  
0:00   End of period  

2nd Quarter

Time Team Play Score
11:36   Defensive rebound by Nerlens Noel  
11:33   Shooting foul on Rodney Hood  
11:33 +1 Dennis Schroder made 1st of 2 free throws 26-39
11:33   Dennis Schroder missed 2nd of 2 free throws  
11:29   Defensive rebound by Rodney Hood  
11:10   POR team rebound  
11:01   Evan Turner missed driving layup  
10:59 +2 Evan Turner made dunk 26-41
10:44   Dennis Schroder missed driving layup  
10:41   Defensive rebound by Evan Turner  
10:34   Evan Turner missed fade-away jump shot  
10:26   Paul George missed 3-pt. jump shot  
10:22   Defensive rebound by Zach Collins  
10:08   Personal foul on Raymond Felton  
10:01 +3 Seth Curry made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Rodney Hood 26-44
9:47   Offensive rebound by Nerlens Noel  
9:45 +2 Nerlens Noel made floating jump shot 28-44
9:25   Rodney Hood missed floating jump shot  
9:20   Bad pass turnover on Markieff Morris, stolen by Seth Curry  
9:14 +3 Seth Curry made 3-pt. jump shot 28-47
9:08 +3 Paul George made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Terrance Ferguson 31-47
8:46   Seth Curry missed floating jump shot  
8:43   Defensive rebound by Russell Westbrook  
8:40   Out of bounds turnover on Terrance Ferguson  
8:23   Meyers Leonard missed jump shot  
8:14 +2 Russell Westbrook made layup 33-47
7:50   Out of bounds turnover on Maurice Harkless  
7:38 +3 Terrance Ferguson made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Russell Westbrook 36-47
7:21   Shooting foul on Terrance Ferguson  
7:21   Unsportsmanlike technical foul  
7:21   CJ McCollum missed 1st of 2 free throws  
7:21   POR team rebound  
7:07   Paul George missed 3-pt. jump shot  
6:56 +2 CJ McCollum made floating jump shot 36-50
6:36   Bad pass turnover on Russell Westbrook, stolen by Damian Lillard  
6:25   Shooting foul on Damian Lillard  
6:25 +1 Russell Westbrook made 1st of 2 free throws 37-50
6:25 +1 Russell Westbrook made 2nd of 2 free throws 38-50
6:13   Turnover on Damian Lillard  
6:05   Personal foul on Zach Collins  
5:55   Russell Westbrook missed jump shot  
5:53   Defensive rebound by CJ McCollum  
5:39   Offensive foul on CJ McCollum  
5:30   Paul George missed 3-pt. jump shot  
5:28   Defensive rebound by CJ McCollum  
5:20 +2 CJ McCollum made layup 38-52
5:00 +2 Dennis Schroder made jump shot, assist by Russell Westbrook 40-52
4:06   Full timeout called  
3:44   OKC team rebound  
3:35   Shooting foul on Maurice Harkless  
3:35 +1 Russell Westbrook made 1st of 2 free throws 45-52
3:35 +1 Russell Westbrook made 2nd of 2 free throws 46-52
3:22   Turnover on Damian Lillard  
3:10   Dennis Schroder missed 3-pt. jump shot  
2:55   Paul George missed 3-pt. jump shot  
2:48   Paul George missed 3-pt. jump shot  
2:45   Defensive rebound by Al-Farouq Aminu  
2:25   Violation  
2:19   CJ McCollum missed 3-pt. jump shot  
2:08   Defensive rebound by Enes Kanter  
1:58 +2 Enes Kanter made layup, assist by CJ McCollum 46-54
1:43   Steven Adams missed dunk  
1:33   Dennis Schroder missed driving layup  
1:13 +2 Paul George made dunk, assist by Russell Westbrook 48-54
0:47   Damian Lillard missed 3-pt. jump shot  
0:45   Defensive rebound by Russell Westbrook  
0:41   Offensive foul on Russell Westbrook  
0:33   Out of bounds turnover on Al-Farouq Aminu  
0:26   POR team rebound  
0:01   Offensive foul on Russell Westbrook  
0:01   Turnover on Russell Westbrook  
0:00   Out of bounds turnover on Paul George  

3rd Quarter

Time Team Play Score
11:47   Maurice Harkless missed layup, blocked by Jerami Grant  
11:47   POR team rebound  
11:25 +2 Russell Westbrook made driving layup 50-56
11:03   Traveling violation turnover on Enes Kanter  
10:49   Defensive rebound by Enes Kanter  
10:19   Defensive rebound by Enes Kanter  
9:39   Violation  
9:26   Damian Lillard missed driving layup  
9:23   Offensive rebound by Maurice Harkless  
9:23   Maurice Harkless missed dunk  
9:23   Offensive rebound by Maurice Harkless  
9:21   Offensive rebound by Enes Kanter  
9:21   Enes Kanter missed dunk  
9:21   OKC team rebound  
9:14 +2 Russell Westbrook made driving layup 54-60
8:49   24-second shot clock violation turnover  
8:37   Offensive foul on Steven Adams  
8:03 +2 Enes Kanter made reverse layup, assist by Damian Lillard 54-62
7:53   Lost ball turnover on Russell Westbrook, stolen by Maurice Harkless  
7:49   POR team rebound  
7:33   Defensive rebound by Steven Adams  
7:30   Shooting foul on Al-Farouq Aminu  
7:30 +1 Russell Westbrook made 2nd of 2 free throws 56-62
7:15   CJ McCollum missed alley-oop shot  
7:14   Offensive rebound by Al-Farouq Aminu  
7:05   Offensive foul on Jerami Grant  
7:05   Turnover on Jerami Grant  
6:35   Jerami Grant missed floating jump shot  
6:27   CJ McCollum missed floating jump shot  
6:26   Defensive rebound by Jerami Grant  
6:19   Personal foul on Maurice Harkless  
6:11   Terrance Ferguson missed jump shot  
6:08   Offensive rebound by Steven Adams  
6:00 +2 Russell Westbrook made fade-away jump shot 58-64
5:39   Bad pass turnover on CJ McCollum, stolen by Steven Adams  
5:35 +2 Russell Westbrook made layup, assist by Dennis Schroder 60-64
5:19   Personal foul on Russell Westbrook  
4:44   Bad pass turnover on Steven Adams, stolen by Enes Kanter  
4:31 +2 CJ McCollum made fade-away jump shot 60-66
3:42   Steven Adams missed layup, blocked by Enes Kanter  
3:38   Steven Adams missed reverse layup, blocked by Al-Farouq Aminu  
3:31   Terrance Ferguson missed 3-pt. jump shot  
3:17 +2 Damian Lillard made jump shot 62-70
2:42 +2 Damian Lillard made driving layup, assist by Enes Kanter 62-72
2:41   Full timeout called  
1:56   Personal foul on Russell Westbrook  
1:41   Defensive rebound by Raymond Felton  
1:29   Shooting foul on Zach Collins  
1:27   Defensive rebound by Al-Farouq Aminu  
0:48   Offensive foul on Zach Collins  
0:36   Offensive rebound by Nerlens Noel  
0:31   Personal foul on Paul George  
0:31 +1 Al-Farouq Aminu made 1st of 2 free throws 69-75
0:16   Turnover on Raymond Felton  
0:00   Dennis Schroder missed 3-pt. jump shot  

4th Quarter

Time Team Play Score
11:50   Shooting foul on Rodney Hood  
11:50 +1 Paul George made 2nd of 2 free throws 71-76
11:36 +2 CJ McCollum made jump shot 71-78
11:13   Offensive rebound by Nerlens Noel  
10:57 +2 Zach Collins made layup, assist by Evan Turner 73-80
10:36   Defensive rebound by Paul George  
10:26 +2 Nerlens Noel made floating jump shot, assist by Dennis Schroder 75-80
10:07   Turnover on Zach Collins  
10:05   Shooting foul on Zach Collins  
10:05 +1 Paul George made 2nd of 2 free throws 77-80
10:02   Personal foul on Markieff Morris  
9:52   Shooting foul on Nerlens Noel  
9:52   CJ McCollum missed free throw  
9:48   Defensive rebound by Paul George  
9:36   Raymond Felton missed floating jump shot  
9:34   Offensive rebound by Nerlens Noel  
9:26 +2 Dennis Schroder made driving layup 79-82
9:00 +2 Rodney Hood made driving layup 79-84
8:43 +2 Dennis Schroder made floating jump shot 81-84
8:20   CJ McCollum missed jump shot  
8:18   Defensive rebound by Paul George  
8:01   Personal foul on Paul George  
7:13   Defensive rebound by Damian Lillard  
6:45   Steven Adams missed hook shot  
6:20 +2 Damian Lillard made floating jump shot 81-91
6:08 +2 Dennis Schroder made jump shot 83-91
5:34 +2 Paul George made layup 85-91
5:13   Jumpball  
5:10   Violation  
4:56   Defensive rebound by Dennis Schroder  
4:51   Personal foul on Damian Lillard  
4:38   Defensive rebound by Maurice Harkless  
4:20   Enes Kanter missed hook shot  
4:19   Defensive rebound by Steven Adams  
4:05   Shooting foul on Jerami Grant  
4:05   Enes Kanter missed 1st of 2 free throws  
4:05   POR team rebound  
4:05   Full timeout called  
4:01   Defensive rebound by Jerami Grant  
3:33   Shooting foul on Paul George  
3:33 +1 Damian Lillard made 1st of 2 free throws 87-92
3:33 +1 Damian Lillard made 2nd of 2 free throws 87-93
3:25 +2 Steven Adams made floating jump shot, assist by Russell Westbrook 89-93
2:45   Offensive rebound by Steven Adams  
2:10