National Basketball Association
Portland 136, Oklahoma City 119
When: 10:00 PM ET, Wednesday, November 27, 2019
Where: Moda Center, Portland, Oregon
#70 Phenizee Ransom, #29 Mark Lindsay, #71 Rodney Mott
With a hot start and a strong third quarter fueled by their starting lineup, the Portland Trail Blazers picked up a blowout win over the visiting Oklahoma City Thunder 136-119 on Wednesday.
It was a balanced scoring effort for Portland in its return home from a 2-4 road trip, led by 27 points from Damian Lillard. CJ McCollum added 22 points, Hassan Whiteside 21 points and 16 rebounds, and Carmelo Anthony 19 points on 9-of-11 shooting.
Abdel Nader came off the Oklahoma City bench to score a team-high 23 points. Chris Paul added 16 points, Danilo Gallinari 14, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander 11 and Dennis Schroder 10.
Portland finished with a 54-38 rebounding edge, and it outshot the Thunder from the floor 52.1 percent to 44.3 percent.
The game reached a crescendo in the early fourth quarter as Anthony caught fire, drawing chants of "Melo!" from the Portland crowd as he left the game.
Anthony scored the bulk of his points on contested step-back jumpers, contact layups and even a powerful dunk on the baseline drive. He let out a roar to the crowd after ripping his hands off the rim on the dunk.
It didn't take long for the Portland offense to take off. A blistering first quarter saw the Blazers start 10-for-10 from the field, thanks in large part to Whiteside's play in the pick-and-roll. The floor seemed to open up for the Blazers with four shooters and Whiteside on the floor, and the team scored a season-high 42 in the first.
While the offense cooled in the second quarter, Portland still led 63-50 at the half -- a season-high margin at the break for the Blazers.
Lillard and McCollum controlled the third quarter as Portland pulled away but scoring another 41 points. Anthony's surge in the early fourth put the game well out of reach.
Wednesday marked the second consecutive win for Portland and the start of a stretch in which it will play six of seven games at home. The Blazers' next game is on Friday against the visiting Los Angeles Lakers.
The Thunder, losers of four of their past five games, head home to oppose the New Orleans Pelicans on Friday.
--Field Level Media
Top Game Performances
Abdel Nader 23
Damian Lillard 27
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander 5
Damian Lillard 5
Steven Adams 6
Hassan Whiteside 16
Abdel Nader 6
||Free Throws Made
Damian Lillard 8
Terrance Ferguson 2
Kent Bazemore 2
Nerlens Noel 1
Kent Bazemore 1
Team Stats Summary
Portland will play their next game at home against Chicago. The Trail Blazers have a W/L % of .333 after a win and .385 after a loss.
Oklahoma City will play their next game at home against New Orleans. The Thunder have a W/L % of .167 after a win and .455 after a loss.