Blazers' Enes Kanter feeling 'blessed' after win against Thunder

Portland Trail Blazers head coach Terry Stotts. Sean Meagher  Staff

Looking at the betting trends, the Thunder are 4-1 ATS in their last five games against a team with a winning record, 4-13 ATS in their last 17 against the Western Conference and 4-1 ATS in their last five games overall. CJ McCollum added 24 points. Of the 16 playoff teams, only the Detroit Pistons had a worst three-point percentage as a team than Oklahoma City in the regular season.

Kanter was definitely key to Portland's game one victory, and he could very well be a huge part of their playoff run moving forward. With momentum seemingly in favor of OKC, Lillard stepped up yet again from the parking lot, hitting from 30-feet to put the Blazers back up four with 2:23 remaining.

George bombed in a 3 to cut it to 100-97, and Lillard hit pair at the line to make it 102-97 with 5.5 seconds to go. Paul George, who was a game-time decision because of a sore shoulder, added 26 points and 10 rebounds despite a rough shooting night.

Oklahoma City beat the Blazers in all four meetings this season, including a heated 129-121 overtime victory on March 7. The Trailblazers will be delighted with how they've started the series especially after getting swept by the Thunder in the regular season.

The re-aggravation of a right shoulder injury from the end of February sidelined George in the Thunder's 127-116 win at Milwaukee Wednesday.

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The Blazers' hopes for post-season success were dealt a blow last month when center Jusuf Nurkic (averaging15.6 points, 10.4 rebounds) was lost for the season with a broken left leg. For the game, he made four of 15 3-point attempts.

What: Blazers vs. Thunder, 7:30 p.m.

Seth Curry made consecutive 3-pointers but the Thunder rallied in the final six minutes of the half to trail by just 54-48 at the break.

Portland dominated the early going, jumping out to a 38-23 lead late in the first quarter. George was 1 of 8 from the perimeter. Terrance Ferguson and McCollum had a heated exchange in the second quarter, earning technical fouls. The Blazers led 39-25 after the first quarter and were able to close out the rest of the game in entertaining fashion.

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