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Blazers vs. Thunder Final Score: 115-111; Portland Rallies Past Oklahoma City in Overtime

Portland rallied from 10 down with two minutes to play to stun Oklahoma City Tuesday night.

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Damian Lillard had a second quarter to remember, but it was another last second three that kept Portland in the game till the end.

Lillard had 40 points, including 19 in the second quarter, and Wesley Matthews had 22, and the Portland Trail Blazers completed a miracle comeback from ten down with two minutes to play to stun the Oklahoma City Thunder 115-111 at the Chesapeake Energy Arena Tuesday night.

The Blazers started the game off hot from behind the arc, hitting their first three 3s of the game.  The Thunder came right back, and when Portland's shooting went cold, they capitalized.  Portland missed its last six field goals of the quarter, and Oklahoma City responded with a 13-0 run to take a seven point lead after the first quarter.  Allen Crabbe led the Blazers in scoring in the first with five.

The second quarter was dedicated to Damian Lillard and all of the players left in his wake.  Lillard scored 19 in the period on 7-of-10 shooting, outscored the entire Oklahoma City team in the second quarter, and capped it with a three-point shot from nearly half court with 0.5 seconds left in the half.  Behind his annihilation of the Oklahoma City defense, Portland led by 11 at the break.

The Blazers went ice cold in the third quarter, missing nine of their first eleven shots, and not hitting a field goal for six minutes.  Oklahoma City rallied to re-take the lead on a set of Reggie Jackson free throws, but CJ McCollum got the lead right back with his second three-point shot of the quarter.  After Oklahoma City answered with a Jackson layup, Matthews hit a three, followed by a Kendrick Perkins short jumper, leaving the teams tied at 73 after three quarters.

Oklahoma City started the final period on a 12-3 run, and Portland committed back-to-back turnovers to fall behind the Thunder by 11.  Timely free throws and a technical foul on Russell Westbrook in conjunction with a Lillard three got Portland within four with a minute to play.  Westbrook and LaMarcus Aldridge traded baskets, and Aldridge free throws got Portland within two.  After Westbrook missed one of two free throws, Lillard drilled a three in a similar fashion to the shot that won the playoff series versus the Rockets last season.  A Westbrook buzzer beater was off, sending the game to overtime.

Portland led by two in overtime when Aldridge missed a jumper.  Steve Blake tipped the rebound to Lillard who hit a three for a five point advantage.  Westbrook fouled out, and Dorell Wright tipped in an Aldridge shot to seal the game.  Tempers flared between Aldridge and Serge Ibaka near the end, as well as between Blazers and Thunder fans in the stands, but no punches were thrown.

Aldridge had 25 points on 9-of-28 shooting as he battled the upper respiratory infection that kept him out of Monday's game in Houston.


Gameday Thread Comments of the Night [Bonus: After Lillard's three-pointer]

by bowdown on Dec 23, 2014 | 7:22 PM

by Waveblade on Dec 23, 2014 | 7:22 PM

by DerpDurp on Dec 23, 2014 | 7:22 PM

by WillBartonMVP on Dec 23, 2014 | 7:22 PM

by Darn you, darn you to heck! on Dec 23, 2014 | 7:22 PM

by bowdown on Dec 23, 2014 | 7:22 PM

by thankyouforblaze on Dec 23, 2014 | 7:22 PM

by OakOriginal on Dec 23, 2014 | 7:23 PM

by cabbages on Dec 23, 2014 | 7:23 PM

by leseri on Dec 23, 2014 | 7:23 PM

by OakOriginal on Dec 23, 2014 | 7:23 PM

Good lord. Lilly.
by annthefan on Dec 23, 2014 | 7:23 PM

by BlazersConga on Dec 23, 2014 | 7:23 PM

by pklym on Dec 23, 2014 | 7:23 PM

by OakOriginal on Dec 23, 2014 | 7:23 PM

How in the world do you let Dame get that open. Love it.
by bluesloth on Dec 23, 2014 | 7:23 PM

WOW that looked almost exactly like the .9 shot
by Corwin71 on Dec 23, 2014 | 7:23 PM

And a few choice comments after Aldridge and Ibaka mix it up:

What's the sodium level for OKC right now? They seem a little salty.
by sorrownomore

Smart by LMA. Simply trying to spread that illness on to Ibaka

Post-Game Reaction

VIDEO: Damian Lillard hits a three to beat the halftime buzzer.

VIDEO: Damian Lillard hits a three to send the game to overtime.