Trail Blazers hold off Thunder to win opening matchup

Oklahoma City Thunder forward Paul George is day-to-day with right shoulder soreness

As for her, this type of rapid response had had fans of different National Basketball Association teams asking her to speak some sense into their own players and ball clubs, given the quick impact of her words after McCollum delivered a 24-point performance to lift the third-seeded Blazers over the Thunder.

As a result, the Thunder dropped Game 1 to the Portland Trail Blazers.

The Oklahoma City Thunder have not had a lot of recent playoff success. The Thunder offense continued struggling despite the defensive resurgence, hitting just 8-of-23 from the floor in the frame. The Blazers - who made 12 of 20 shots from the field, 7 of 10 from 3-point range - took a 39-25 advantage into the second quarter.

Those teammates include Damian Lillard, who went off for 30 points for a team that was swept by New Orleans last season and the Warriors the year prior. After all, they match up well again them, as evidenced by the fact that they beat them in each of the four regular season meetings.

Kanter was definitely key to Portland's game one victory, and he could very well be a huge part of their playoff run moving forward.

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Seth Curry made consecutive 3-pointers but the Thunder rallied in the final six minutes of the half to trail by just 54-48 at the break.

Drummond threw a kiss to the Fiserv Forum crowd as he headed to the showers but it might as well be the kiss of death for the Pistons against the NBA's top team (60 wins) in the regular season. Portland went on to lead the opening quarter by as many as 17 points, paced by Lillard with 12 points. The Blazers haven't made it out of the first round for the past two seasons.

The Blazers will not have center Jusuk Nurkic, who suffered a broken leg on a gruesome play in late March and missed the last nine games of the season and will be out for the entire playoffs. Bill Walton did it three times and LaMarcus Aldridge once.

The Portland Trail Blazers host the Oklahoma City Thunder Tuesday night at the Moda Center in Game 2 of the first round of the Western Conference playoffs.

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