Aldridge Scores 38 to Power Blazers Past Thunder
Portland, OR - The Portland Trail Blazers were able to come away with a huge victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder by a final score of 111-104. Both of these teams are exceptionally talented and are definite front-runners in the Western Conference. Portland won their second big game in a row after defeating the Indiana Pacers on Monday night.
Kevin Durant led the way for the Oklahoma City Thunder with 33 points on 11-23 shooting from the floor and also cashing in 10 of his 12 free throws. Russell Westbrook came up with a big game as usual with 21 points and five assists, but shot just 7-17 from the field. These two guys are practically the whole scoring of the Thunder starting lineup. They will need to find some more help if they hope to represent the Western Conference in the NBA Finals. Serge Ibaka registered a triple-double with 13 points and 10 boards, while Reggie Jackson (12) and Jeremy Lamb (10) were the other double digit scorers for Oklahoma City.
LaMarcus Aldridge exploded for 38 points and 13 rebounds for the Blazers on the night, shooting 17-28 from the field. Aldridge is one of the most underrated players in the NBA and has been putting that on display a lot this season. Nicolas Batum scored 14 points on 6-10 shooting, and also grabbed six rebounds. Damian Lillard had a very rough game, scoring just 14 points on 4-14 shooting and also dishing out six assists. Wesley Matthews scored 13 points and Robin Lopez scored 12 points. Lopez rounded out his double-double with a 10 rebound performance as well.
Overall, the Portland Trail Blazers proved yet another point with the win over the Thunder. They have now defeated the Pacers and Thunder in back-to-back games and are certainly championship contenders if they continue the basketball they have been playing. With the win, the Blazers improved to 16-3, while the Thunder dropped to 13-4 with the loss. Portland has two legitimate stars in Aldridge and Lillard and have the complete team to make some noise come playoff time.
Evan Massey is the Lead Editor for Pro Sports Extra. Follow Evan on Twitter at @Massey_Evan.