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Thunder 109, Trail Blazers 95: Post-game Notes

03/27/12
  1. Written by: caseyholdahl


    • Tonight marks the 184th consecutive sellout at the Rose Garden (including regular season and playoffs), dating back to Dec. 21, 2007.

    • With his one blocked shot on the night LaMarcus Aldridge has tied Arvydas Sabonis for ninth place in team history with 419 blocks.

    • Aldridge recorded his 25th 20-point outing of the season with 20 points (9-of-16 FG) in 33 minutes, Aldridge also added eight rebounds.

    • Nolan Smith made the first start in his NBA career tonight and became the 10th different Trail Blazer to start a game this season.

    • The Trail Blazers used a 17-2 run starting at the 9:19 mark of the third quarter to cut the Thunder lead to five points.

    • Portland forced six Oklahoma City turnovers in the third quarter alone, the Thunder committed just five miscues in the game’s first half.

    • Wesley Matthews entered tonight ranked second in the NBA in steal per turnover ratio with 65 steals against 52 turnovers (1.25), Matthews swiped four steals (one shy of his career-high, Jan. 18 at Atlanta) in tonight’s game and committed zero turnovers.

    • J.J. Hickson recorded a season-high 21 points on 9-of-10 shooting from the field, Hickson converted on his first eight field goal attempts and added four rebounds on the night.

    • Hickson is averaging 13 points in three games so far with the Trail Blazers.

    • Jonny Flynn notched a season-high 10 points (3-of-6 FG) and dished out five assists.

    • Portland eclipsed 80% shooting from the free throw line for the fourth time in the past five games.

    • The Trail Blazers have made at least seven 3-pointers in seven consecutive games, their longest such streak of the season.

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