VegasInsider.com
VI Mobile Scores and Betting OddsVI Mobile Scores and Betting Odds Be Social
Home
NFL
NBA
NHL
MLB
NCAA FB
NCAA BK
Golf
Auto
Horses
More
Betting Tools

 
Thunder slip by Blazers, 'under' connects

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - Kevin Durant had 33 points and the Oklahoma City Thunder snapped Portland's nine-game winning streak at the Rose Garden with an 87-83 victory over the Trail Blazers on Sunday night.

Advertisement
Russell Westbrook added 18 points and nine assists for the Thunder, who played without starters Serge Ibaka and Thabo Sefolosha because of injuries.

LaMarcus Aldridge had 33 points and 11 rebounds for the Blazers, who trailed by 11 points but pulled within one point with less than a minute left.

Westbrook's 3-pointer made it 84-74 with 3:35 left but the Blazers closed to 84-80 after Nicolas Batum's putback with 1:57 to go. Batum added a 3-pointer with 21.9 seconds left to make it 84-83.

Kendrick Perkins missed the first of two free throws and after a timeout Aldridge missed a tough fade-away jumper from about 20 feet out with 1.7 seconds left. Westbrook made a pair of foul shots for the final margin.

The Blazers extended their Rose Garden winning streak to nine after rallying for a 92-90 win over Miami on Thursday night. But Portland fell 103-97 at Golden State on Friday to stop a four-game overall winning streak.

Ibaka missed the game because of chest contusion he sustained in the third quarter of the Thunders' 116-101 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers on Friday night. It was the first time Ibaka missed a game this season. The 6-foot-10 forward is averaging 14.3 points and 8.4 rebounds.

Ibaka was replaced by Nick Collison in Oklahoma City's starting lineup.

Sefolosha, who was held back with a sore neck, has also started in all of the Thunder's games this season, averaging 7.5 points and four rebounds. He was replaced by DeAndre Liggins, who made his first career start.

The Blazers trailed by eight points early, but pulled to 18-17 on Aldridge's layup and free throw late in the first quarter. Portland couldn't get any closer and Collison's reverse layup midway through the second quarter gave the Thunder a 33-27 lead.

The Blazers responded with a 12-2 run, pulling ahead on a trio of free throws and a 3-pointer from Batum that put Portland ahead 39-25.

Durant was whistled for three fouls and went to the bench but the Thunder kept up the pressure and the Blazers hung onto only a 43-42 lead at the break.

The Thunder pulled back in front, 52-48, after Westbrook's finger-roll layup and Collison's hook shot. Durant made a 3-pointer over Batum to make it 57-50.

Liggins hit a 3 that stretched Oklahoma City's lead to 63-52.

Aldridge and Batum had back-to-back dunks to pull Portland to 72-67 with 8:04 left.

NOTES: There were lots of fans wearing Seattle SuperSonics gear at the Rose Garden, as there always are when Oklahoma City comes to town. But NBA fans from Seattle may not be lamenting the loss of a hometown team much longer. Reports emerged last week that the owners of the Sacramento Kings may be in talks with a group in Seattle that would relocate the team. The Sonics left for Oklahoma City in 2008. A fan in the stands at the Rose Garden held a sign that read ``Bring Back the Rivalry!''

Copyright 2017 by STATS LLC and Associated Press.
Any commercial use or distribution without the express written
consent of STATS LLC and Associated Press is strictly prohibited.

  
HEADLINES
Akins: Hoop Trends - Thursday
Mejia: Identifying NBA Cinderellas
News: Win Total Update
Lopez, Ibaka get 1-game suspensions
Antetokounmpo's 32 lead Bucks over Kings
Gobert scores 35, Jazz beat Knicks 108-101
Chandler leads Nuggets past Cavs by 13
Beal, Wall lead Wizards to win over Hawks
Westbrook's 35th triple-double leads rout
MORE HEADLINES
 
Why Buy Picks From VegasInsider.com
NBA Pro Basketball Handicapper Sports Picks Records
NBA Hot Streaks
4-1 Picks, 8-2 G-Plays, +3,329 TY
17-6 L23 Streak, 10-4 G-Plays
20-6 L26 Guaranteed Plays
27-10 L37 Picks, 24-9 L33 G-Plays
2-0 Last Night, 5-2 L7 Guarantees
3-1 L4 Picks, 37-18 L55 G-Plays
12-4 L16 NBA Selections
6-3 Record L8 Days
3-1 L4 Picks, 22-13 L35 Totals
10-4 L14 Picks, 11-4 L15 Totals
3-1 L4 Picks, 4-2 L6 G-Plays
NBA Pro Basketball Expert Sports Picks - Los Angeles Clippers at Dallas Mavericks
2016 NBA SEASON PICK RECORDS
Money Leaders
Handicapper Money
Alex Smart + 3329
Kevin Rogers + 1425
Chip Chirimbes + 1291
Last 7 Day Leaders
Handicapper Money
Gary Bart + 693
Alex Smart + 357
NeiltheGreek + 289
Percentage Leaders
Handicapper Pct
Alex Smart 57 %
Kyle Hunter 55 %
Mark Franco 54 %
Guaranteed Leaders
Handicapper Money
Alex Smart + 3028
Chip Chirimbes + 1995
The Gold Sheet + 1394
Over-Under Leaders
Handicapper Money
Bill Marzano + 1541
Paul Bovi + 717
NeiltheGreek + 689
Member Leaders
Handicapper Money
Bruce Marshall + 1307
Jimmy Boyd + 923
Kevin Rogers + 767
MORE PICK RECORDS
  
corner graphic
With a VI Gold Membership, you can SAVE 10% off a Live Odds subscription, SAVE 20% off Daily Pick packages, and receive access to up to 1,000 Member Plays each month!
VI Gold Membership