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Russell Westbrook and the Oklahoma City Thunder enter the playoffs riding a five-game winning streak and they swept the Blazers during the regular season Thunder: Billy Donovan talks NBA Playoffs
Cary Erickson | 15 April, 2019, 23:51

Kanter finished with 20 points, a playoff career-high 18 rebounds and two blocks, and Damian Lillard (30 points, four rebounds) and CJ McCollum (24 points, six rebounds) carried the offensive load throughout.

The Thunder will be kicking themselves as they could've stole Game 1 if they didn't allow the Trailblazers to get off to such a hot start. 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.

It was the first postseason meeting between the teams since the Thunder moved from Seattle to Oklahoma City.

George was one of the Thunder's best three-point shooters this season at 39% from long range. The Trailblazers will be delighted with how they've started the series especially after getting swept by the Thunder 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.

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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Some of that improvement, at least relative to the matchup with the Rockets, was displayed early in the season when the Jazz claimed the first two meetings with Houston by a total of 38 points.

The Blazers' hopes for postseason success were dealt a blow last month when center Jusuf Nurkic was lost for the season with a broken left leg. Nurkic was averaging 15.6 points and 10.4 rebounds when he sustained the gruesome injury during a game against the Brooklyn Nets.

The teams went back and forth in the third quarter - Portland pushing their lead back to double-digits, the Thunder responding with a charge to draw closer. The Thunder did not make any of their six 3-point attempts, while Portland was 7 of 10. Portland went on to lead the opening quarter by as many as 17 points, paced by Lillard with 12 points.

The Thunder rallied from a 19-point deficit in the first half to trail by just 54-48 at the break.

OKC cut the difference to 66-62 late in the third quarter, but the Blazers took a 76-69 edge into the final period.