Mobile Home | Desktop Version




NBA Playoffs -- Lillard scores 30, lift Blazers over OKC in Game 1

By Nicky Manguino
PhilBoxing.com
Mon, 15 Apr 2019



PORTLAND- The Portland Trail Blazers jumped to a 39-25 lead in the opening quarter and then held off the Oklahoma City Thunder the rest of the way to take Game 1 of their opening round series, 104-99, on Sunday (Manila time) at the Moda Center.

All-Star point guard Damian Lillard led the charge with 30 points, four rebounds and four assists. He converted 9-of-21 field goals, including 5-of-11 from 3-point distance. Lillard's backcourt tandem, C.J. McCollum, finished with 24 points, but he made only nine of 24 shots and showed a lot of rust after just recently coming back from a ten-game absence due to a knee injury.

"We know how it feels to win again," Lillard told reporters after the game.

In the past two postseasons, Portland has lost eight straight as they were swept by the Golden State Warriors in 2007 and by the New Orleans Pelicans last year.

Enes Kanter, who started in place of the injured Jusuf Nurkic, was a huge reason for the turnaround. Kanter, waived by the New York Knicks during February trading deadline, scored 20 points and hauled 18 rebounds. Al-Farouq Aminu contributed 10 points for Portland, which 36 of 86 field goals.

After closing the gap at 54-48 at halftime, the Thunder put the added pressure in the fourth quarter and came to within 93-92 with 2:44 left to play. But uprising ended abruptly when Lillard sank a 30-foot 3 to extend the lead back to four.

Russell Westbrook fueled much of Oklahoma's attack with a triple-double effort that netted him 26 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists. Fellow All-Star Paul George accounted for 24 points and 10 rebounds, but he struggled greatly from beyond the arc, missing 11 of 15 tries.

Game 2 of this best-of-7 series returns to the Moda Center on Tuesday night (Wednesday AM Manila time).






Recent PhilBoxing articles:

  • PHOTOS: MANNY PACQUIAO LAS VEGAS GRAND ARRIVAL
    By , Wed, 17 Jul 2019
  • PHOTOS: KEITH THURMAN LAS VEGAS GRAND ARRIVAL
    By , Wed, 17 Jul 2019
  • FITE adds more territories for Pacquiao vs Thurman
    By , Wed, 17 Jul 2019
  • SATURDAY: Michael McKinson-Evgeny Pavko Welterweight Clash Headlines #MTKFightNight LIVE Exclusively on ESPN+
    By , Wed, 17 Jul 2019
  • TONIGHT!!! UNDEFEATED HEAVYWEIGHT SONNY CONTO TO THROW OUT 1ST PITCH AT PHILLIES GAME
    By , Wed, 17 Jul 2019
  • Baby Juarez vs Ganigan Lopez headline Telemundo Friday
    By , Wed, 17 Jul 2019
  • Bob Arum, Buboy Fernandez believe Manny Pacquiao will be next PH president
    By Leo Reyes, Tue, 16 Jul 2019
  • PH bet Rubilen Amit finishes second in 32nd Japan 9-Ball Open
    By Marlon Bernardino, Tue, 16 Jul 2019
  • NEW CHAMPS & NEW STARS STEAL THE SHOW
    By , Tue, 16 Jul 2019
  • Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame Presents "A Night with Boxing Legends" July 19 at HeadzUp Vegas
    By , Tue, 16 Jul 2019
  • LNK Boxing Fight Night 12 feat. WKN MMA this Saturday in Jurmala, Latvia
    By , Tue, 16 Jul 2019
  • AirAsia UFC® Training Scholarship now open
    By , Tue, 16 Jul 2019
  • Manny Pacquiao Interview Transcript
    By , Tue, 16 Jul 2019
  • PACQUIAO-THURMAN: EXPERTS GIVE THEIR PREDICTIONS
    By , Tue, 16 Jul 2019
  • August 17: Jose Benavidez Jr.-Luis Collazo and Emanuel Navarrete-Francisco De Vaca Set for Inaugural Fight Card at Banc of California Stadium LIVE on ESPN
    By , Tue, 16 Jul 2019

    Mobile Home | Desktop Version