The Thunder fell 114-94 which gave the Blazers a 2-0 series lead.
After two scorching performances from Lillard and C.J. McCollum, Oklahoma City doesn't seem to have an answer for the Trail Blazers' offensive attack.
Game 3 is Friday in Oklahoma City. He was pulled with 3:31 with most of his fellow starters after Portland built a 112-91 lead. They are led in scoring by Paul George with 26 ppg, adding 10 boards per game. George insisted the shoulder, which kept him out of the Thunders' regular-season finale, was fine at practice on Monday (Tuesday, PHL time) even though it was wrapped in ice. Blazers have better percentages both in field goals (46.7% to 45.3%) and in 3-pointers (36% to 34.6%).
Oklahoma City beat the Blazers in all four meetings during the regular season.
Game 2 was very different. Things that they could've taken advantage of, they tried to, but didn't, like allowing Paul George to get some open looks from three that he didn't make, Lillard said. Damian Lillard hit a distant trey in the closing moments of the game to lift Portland to the win. On Tuesday, he discussed at length his growth as a defender in the National Basketball Association, his improvement in reading an offense and reacting to a play call. There was tension the rest of the way, and frequent jawing back-and-forth. Every game the Thunder play is interesting. Together the teams had 29 fouls in the opening half and there were 54 for the game.
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McCollum and Lillard combined for 62 points last night as Lillard scored 29, and McCollum 33. Then McCollum turned to the crowd and simply nodded. He had just five points on one of seven shooting and going zero of five from three. Seth Curry had back-to-back 3s to put the Blazers up 85-73 late in the third.
Kanter, signed just before the All-Star break after he was waived by the New York Knicks, has started in Nurkic's place. Adams finished with 16 points and nine boards.
Thunder: Thunder coach Billy Donovan was emphatic before the game: "No injuries, no one out, no game-time decisions.".
Rip City couple: As is always the case when OKC comes to town, there were several people sporting Sonics jerseys which you might think is a show of support for OKC, but this guy explained that it's actually a form of protest against the team's move to Oklahoma in back 2008.
During the introductions, the Blazers blasted the Rolling Stone's "Gimme Shelter", the part where the backup singers belt out, "War, children, it's just a shot away." and the arena filled with playoff intensity, two teams with a lot to prove, fighting for their lives.