In a game of swings, the Thunder swung past the Blazers and handed Portland its 10th straight loss. The 106-90 loss was the 7th straight for the Blazers at the Rose Garden, a new franchise record.
It was a record-setting night for the Blazers, although both Portland marks were records for futility. In addition to losing a 7th straight home game, the Blazers scored only seven points in the third quarter (a Portland franchise-low for third quarter points), a period in which they were outscored 26-7.
The third quarter turnaround came after the Blazers had overcome an 11-point deficit in the second quarter to take the lead. Portland scored 12 straight points while little-used Sasha Pavlovic and four rookies (Lillard, Freeland, Barton, and Claver) were on the court.
The Blazers took their largest lead at 54-50 late in the first half. However the Thunder scored the final five points of the half, then pulled away in the third quarter and led by 20, 81-61, heading to the final period. The outcome was never seriously in doubt after that, and Oklahoma City remains in control of its own destiny after improving to 59-21.
Russell Westbrook scored 33 points to help the Thunder complete a four-game sweep of the season-series. Will Barton led Portland with 18 points and 7 rebounds, but the Blazers fall to 33-46 with three games remaining in the season.