Thunder end 3-game losing streak, beat Blazers 125-122

Thunder end 3-game losing streak, beat Blazers 125-122

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (right), of the Oklahoma City Thunder, passes the ball to his rival of the Portland Trail Blazers Nassir Little during the first half of the NBA game that faced both teams, in Portland, Oregon.
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (right), of the Oklahoma City Thunder, passes the ball to his rival of the Portland Trail Blazers Nassir Little during the first half of the NBA game that faced both teams, in Portland, Oregon.

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander scores 24 points, Mike Muscala finishes with 23 and Thunder stops a three-game losing streak by beating Trail Blazers 125-122

PORTLAND, Ore.- Shai Gilgeous-Alexander scored 24 points, Mike Muscala finished with 23 and the Oklahoma City Thunder snapped a three-game losing streak Monday with a tight 125-122 win over the Trail. Portland Blazers.

Damian Lillard, who has totaled 30 or more units in his last three games, had 26 and 10 assists for the Blazers. Anfernee Simons had 26 points off the bench and Enes Kanter had 13 and grabbed 22 rebounds.

After Portland closed the gap in the third quarter, a Hamidou Diallo basket from outside put the Thunder ahead 105-98 with just over 8 minutes to go.

Another layup from Diallo extended Oklahoma City’s lead to 111-100. Carmelo Anthony’s 3-pointer brought Portland to 117-111 with 3:25 left, but Darius Bazley responded with a 3-pointer for the oThunder.

In the dying moments, Lillard made two 3-pointers in a row for Portland that left the board 124-122 with 1.5 seconds left, but the comeback fell short.

Both teams were playing their second meeting in two days: the Thunder lost 108-100 to the Los Angeles Clippers on Sunday, and the Trail Blazers beat the New York Knicks 116-113.

 

Travis M. Andrews
Travis M. Andrews is a features writer for The Washington Post. He joined The Post in 2016 as a reporter for Morning Mix. He was previously a travel and culture editor for Southern Living magazine, a contributing pop culture reporter for Mashable and the Week, and a contributing editor for the Syfy blog Dvice. He also has freelanced for magazines, including Esquire, GQ and Time. He is the author of the coming book "Because He's Jeff Goldblum," a semi-rumination and semi-ridiculous look at the career of the enigmatic actor and an exploration of the shifting nature of fame in the 21st century, to be published in November by Plume.