Trail Blazers vs Thunder Friday, 04/01/11 AT 07:00PM

Trail Blazers 98, Thunder 91: Post-Game Notes

04/01/11
  1. Written by: caseyholdahl  / avg. rating: 4.5

    -- The Trail Blazers have now sold out 152 straight games at the Rose Garden (including regular season and playoffs), dating back to Dec. 21, 2007 … Entering tonight Portland was second in the NBA in average home attendance (20,494).

    -- The Trail Blazers are now tied for a season-best 12 games over .500 with a record of 44-32, which is two games behind their 76-game record from last season (46-30) when Portland went on to win 50 games and claim the sixth seed in the Western Conference Playoffs.

    -- The Trail Blazers have won seven consecutive games at the Rose Garden, their second-best home streak this season (eight games, Dec. 7 – Jan. 2) … Oklahoma City wins the series 3-1 over Portland after the Trail Blazers clinched the last two seasons over the Thunder by the same margin … Oklahoma City entered the game on a five-game winning streak, as well as a five-game road winning streak, with a record of 11-1 in its last 12 games.

    -- Portland committed a season-low five turnovers (previous seven, March 15 vs. Dallas), leading to five points for Oklahoma City, while the Thunder gave it up 17 times, leading to 15 points for the Trail Blazers … Entering tonight the Trail Blazers were fifth in the NBA turnovers (13.3), and second in turnover differential (-2.59)

    -- LaMarcus Aldridge scored 32 points (14-26 FG) to go with eight rebounds … Aldridge has now scored 30 points or more in 12 games this season … Aldridge is averaging 24.3 points (52.4 FG%) and 9.0 rebounds since Dec. 15 (51 games) …Aldridge finished the first half with 18 points on 8-of-14 shooting … He had 12 points in the first quarter.

    -- The Trail Blazers shot 92.6 percent by going 25–for-27 from the foul line … Oklahoma City made 20-of-23 free throw attempts for a percentage of 87.0 … Entering the game Oklahoma City ranked first in the NBA in free throw shooting (82.3%), with Portland sitting in fourth place (79.8%) ... The Trail Blazers made their first 19 attempts from the foul line.

    -- The Trail Blazers outscored the Thunder 45-32 in the second half … Oklahoma City’s 32 points falls one point shy of a season-low for a Trail Blazers’ opponent in the second half (31, twice, last March 22 vs. Wizards).

    -- The Trail Blazers held the Thunder to 11 points in the third quarter, which ties a season-low for points in any quarter by a Portland opponent … Down 65-57, Portland went on a 15-0 run in the third quarter to take a 72-65 lead.

    -- Andre Miller scored nine of his 13 points in the fourth quarter, finishing with a game-high seven assists and two steals … Miller made 9-of-10 free throw attempts in the game.

    -- Nicolas Batum scored 19 points (8-14 FG) to go with six rebounds off the bench for Portland.

    -- The Trail Blazers totaled 24 assists on 34 field goals, while Oklahoma City had 15 dimes on 32 made buckets … Portland finished the first half with 14 rebounds, nine of them coming on the offensive end.

    --  Russell Westbrook scored 16 points to go with nine rebounds and six assists for the Thunder … Westbrook averaged 30.7 points in the first three games of the series this season … James Harden scored 17 of his 21 points in the first half for Oklahoma.  

    -- Kevin Durant scored 12 points on 4-of-17 shooting in the last three quarters after scoring 13 points on 5-for-7 shooting in the first quarter … Durant finished the game with 25 points on 9–for-24 shooting, including 3–of-13 shooting from beyond the arc.

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