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McCollum has 34 points, Trail Blazers beat Thunder 108-105

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) The Thunder could regret this missed opportunity.

CJ McCollum scored 34 points to help the Portland Trail Blazers beat Oklahoma City 108-105 on Sunday night. Portland doubled its lead to two games over the Thunder for third place in the Western Conference.

The Thunder had several chances to win. Oklahoma City got possession trailing by two with 18.5 seconds remaining. Oklahoma City's Carmelo Anthony got trapped in the corner and forced his way through before turning the ball over. Oklahoma City's Russell Westbrook then fouled Portland's Al-Farouq Aminu with 7 seconds to play and fouled out. Aminu made the first free throw and missed the second to give the Thunder a chance to force overtime, but Anthony missed a 3-pointer as time expired.

Thunder coach Billy Donovan felt Anthony was the right person to take the final shot with Westbrook out, despite the fact that he had made just 3 of 12 shots before taking that last jumper.

''Carmelo is a proven scorer in this league and has made shots - big shots - for a large portion of his career,'' Donovan said. ''I've got confidence in him. So we'll go with him in that situation. That's just how I felt.''

The arena had the energy of a playoff game, especially in the second half. McCollum liked the way the Trail Blazers had to scrape and claw to get the win in a hostile environment.

''Being down and having to compete, going on runs, coming back and just having to get stops down the stretch,'' he said. ''They are a good team and made the game very difficult. We executed well on offense to come away with a win.''

Damian Lillard scored 24 points, and Jusuf Nurkic added 17 points and 12 rebounds for the Trail Blazers, who swept all four games with the Thunder this season.

Westbrook led the Thunder with 23 points, nine assists and eight rebounds. Steven Adams had 18 points and 10 rebounds, and Jerami Grant added 17 points.

Oklahoma City trailed 44-29 in the second quarter before going on a 16-0 run to take the lead. Portland regrouped and led 57-52 at halftime.

In the third quarter, Portland's Ed Davis came down on Oklahoma City guard Terrance Ferguson's back, and Davis shoved him as the two fell toward the ground. Ferguson got up quickly and went after Davis, and a skirmish followed. Four technical fouls were issued - to Evan Turner and Davis for Portland and to Ferguson and Westbrook for the Thunder. Shortly after that, Oklahoma City's Paul George hit a 3 to give the Thunder a 75-74 lead. Portland's Maurice Harkless made a 3-pointer as the third quarter expired to put the Trail Blazers up 82-80.

''I thought it was a hell of a basketball game,'' Portland coach Terry Stotts said. ''You can tell this meant a lot to both teams. I thought we made a lot of good plays defensively. We were very good when we needed to be.''

TIP-INS

Trail Blazers: Held the Thunder to 29 percent shooting in the first quarter to lead 34-17. ... Outrebounded Oklahoma City 49-39.

Thunder: Shot 14 or 21 from the field in the second quarter. ... Westbrook didn't score until just under six minutes remained in the second quarter. ... Fell to 7-2 with G Corey Brewer in the starting lineup. ... Westbrook fouled out for the first time this season.

STAT OF THE NIGHT

Anthony and George shot a combined 7 for 28 overall and 0 for 12 from 3-point range.

HE SAID IT

Lillard on how Portland played down the stretch: ''We just continued to make the right plays. We continued to hustle for those loose balls and those extra possessions. On the defensive end, we got some fouls and they scored some points, but it was hard work for them. We made them earn everything, and it came down to that team that was going to make that one extra play.''

UP NEXT

Trail Blazers: At New Orleans on Tuesday night.

Thunder: At San Antonio on Thursday night.

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Key Players
D. Lillard
0 PG
R. Westbrook
0 PG
36.2 Min. Per Game 36.2
25.4 Pts. Per Game 25.4
10.2 Ast. Per Game 10.2
9.7 Reb. Per Game 9.7
43.8 Field Goal % 45.2
43.8 Three Point % 45.2
91.7 Free Throw % 73.7
  Team rebound 0:00
  Carmelo Anthony missed 3-pt. jump shot 0:03
  Defensive rebound by Corey Brewer 0:05
  Al-Farouq Aminu missed 2nd of 2 free throws 0:07
+ 1 Al-Farouq Aminu made 1st of 2 free throws 0:07
  Personal foul on Russell Westbrook 0:07
  Bad pass turnover on Carmelo Anthony, stolen by Jusuf Nurkic 0:08
+ 2 CJ McCollum made jump shot 0:19
+ 2 Russell Westbrook made driving layup 0:36
+ 3 Damian Lillard made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Maurice Harkless 0:40
  Offensive rebound by Maurice Harkless 0:41
Team Stats
Points 108 105
Field Goals 42-90 (46.7%) 37-84 (44.0%)
3-Pointers 9-34 (26.5%) 8-27 (29.6%)
Free Throws 15-19 (78.9%) 23-28 (82.1%)
Total Rebounds 55 49
Offensive 18 13
Defensive 31 26
Team 6 10
Assists 20 16
Steals 8 9
Blocks 7 5
Turnovers 13 10
Fouls 19 19
Technicals 2 2
34 PTS, 4 REB, 4 AST
23 PTS, 8 REB, 9 AST
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away team logo Trail Blazers 45-28 34232526108
home team logo Thunder 44-31 17352825105
Team Stats
away team logo Trail Blazers 45-28 105.5 PPG 43.5 RPG 19.0 APG
home team logo Thunder 44-31 101.2 PPG 44 RPG 16.3 APG
Key Players
C. McCollum SG 21.4 PPG 4.0 RPG 3.4 APG 44.3 FG%
R. Westbrook PG 25.4 PPG 10.1 RPG 10.3 APG 44.9 FG%
Top Scorers
C. McCollum SG 34 PTS 4 REB 4 AST
R. Westbrook PG 23 PTS 8 REB 9 AST
46.7 FG% 44.0
26.5 3PT FG% 29.6
78.9 FT% 82.1
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
C. McCollum 37 34 4 4 1 0 1 2 14/24 5/9 1/2 1 3 46 +17
D. Lillard 38 24 7 5 3 0 2 1 6/19 1/7 11/11 5 2 42 +16
J. Nurkic 29 17 12 1 2 2 1 3 8/13 0/0 1/2 4 8 34 +17
M. Harkless 34 16 6 4 0 4 0 4 7/11 2/5 0/0 2 4 34 +14
A. Aminu 33 9 7 2 2 0 1 1 3/9 1/6 2/4 2 5 21 +13
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
C. McCollum 37 34 4 4 1 0 1 2 14/24 5/9 1/2 1 3 46 +17
D. Lillard 38 24 7 5 3 0 2 1 6/19 1/7 11/11 5 2 42 +16
J. Nurkic 29 17 12 1 2 2 1 3 8/13 0/0 1/2 4 8 34 +17
M. Harkless 34 16 6 4 0 4 0 4 7/11 2/5 0/0 2 4 34 +14
A. Aminu 33 9 7 2 2 0 1 1 3/9 1/6 2/4 2 5 21 +13
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
E. Davis 18 2 2 1 0 0 3 4 1/3 0/1 0/0 0 2 3 -14
E. Turner 14 2 1 0 0 0 2 0 1/4 0/1 0/0 0 1 1 -11
S. Napier 11 2 4 2 0 0 1 2 1/2 0/1 0/0 1 3 9 -22
Z. Collins 10 2 1 1 0 1 1 0 1/3 0/2 0/0 0 1 5 -9
P. Connaughton 12 0 5 0 0 0 1 2 0/2 0/2 0/0 3 2 4 -6
M. Leonard - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Layman - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Wilcox - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Swanigan - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
W. Baldwin IV - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
G. Papagiannis - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 236 108 49 20 8 7 13 19 42/90 9/34 15/19 18 31 199 +15
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
R. Westbrook 35 23 8 9 4 0 3 6 9/20 1/2 4/6 1 7 50 -2
S. Adams 35 18 10 1 0 2 2 2 8/14 0/0 2/2 9 1 30 -6
P. George 38 16 2 2 1 1 2 2 4/15 0/7 8/8 0 2 22 -17
C. Brewer 26 6 3 0 0 0 1 4 2/4 2/3 0/2 0 3 8 -17
C. Anthony 29 6 8 1 0 1 1 2 3/13 0/5 0/0 2 6 16 -15
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
R. Westbrook 35 23 8 9 4 0 3 6 9/20 1/2 4/6 1 7 50 -2
S. Adams 35 18 10 1 0 2 2 2 8/14 0/0 2/2 9 1 30 -6
P. George 38 16 2 2 1 1 2 2 4/15 0/7 8/8 0 2 22 -17
C. Brewer 26 6 3 0 0 0 1 4 2/4 2/3 0/2 0 3 8 -17
C. Anthony 29 6 8 1 0 1 1 2 3/13 0/5 0/0 2 6 16 -15
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
J. Grant 18 17 3 1 0 1 0 1 4/5 2/2 7/8 1 2 23 +12
R. Felton 17 11 0 1 2 0 1 0 5/9 1/4 0/0 0 0 14 +9
P. Patterson 12 3 2 0 1 0 0 1 1/1 1/1 0/0 0 2 6 +3
A. Abrines 9 3 2 1 0 0 0 1 1/1 1/1 0/0 0 2 7 +14
T. Ferguson 15 2 1 0 1 0 0 0 0/2 0/2 2/2 0 1 4 +4
K. Singler - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Roberson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Johnson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Huestis - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
P. Dozier - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Hamilton - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
N. Collison - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 234 105 39 16 9 5 10 19 37/84 8/27 23/28 13 26 180 -15