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Defensive Blazers rally, stun OKC

Portland Trail Blazers 98, OKLAHOMA CITY THUNDER 94

Tuesday night, Chesapeake Energy Arena, 18.203 announced attendance

  • HIGHLIGHTS

    • The Blazers shot 39.6 percent from the field but got their defense together, and the Thunder just plain missed field-goal and free-throw attempts as they folded, losing at home for only the second time this season.

    Portland trailed by as many as 16 points and was down by 11 with nine minutes to go.

    OKC star Kevin Durant missed an 8-foot putback in the final seconds that would have tied the score.

    The Blazers won the fourth quarter 27-16.

  • WHAT IT MEANS

    • Portland snapped a two-game losing streak, its first skid of the season, and improved to 25-7. And the Blazers took a 2-0 season series lead on the Thunder, who fell to 25-6, a half-game ahead of Portland atop the NBA Western Conference.

  • TOP PERFORMERS

    • All five Portland starters — who averaged more than 39 minutes — scored in double figures. LaMarcus Aldridge had 25 points, Damian Lillard 21, Wesley Matthews 16, Nicolas Batum 15 and Robin Lopez 12.

  • KEY STATS

    • The Blazers had a season-low six turnovers.

    • Durant, who led all scorers with 37 points, didn't have a basket in the fourth quarter.

    • Durant was 12 of 26 from the field.

    • OKC shot 43.6 percent from the floor.

    • The Thunder also missed seven free throws, going 19 of 26.

    • Aldridge and Durant shared game rebounding honors with 14 each.

    • Lillard had a game-high 11 assists, only four fewer than OKC's total.

  • QUOTES

    Blazers coach Terry Stotts: "We were aggressive. It wasn't about the schemes. We didn't change any of our schemes. ... When we stopped being aggressive, they took advantage of it. We sustained our aggressiveness throughout the second half. ... Nic Batum did a great job on (Durant), and the other four guys were keyed in on helping him through screens and protecting the paint."

    Stotts: "That's a good win."

  • NEXT

    • The Blazers will return home for a 7 p.m. PT Thursday game against Charlotte (CSNNW).