This past Friday the 27th of Feb. 2015 the OKC Thunder 32-27 played the Portland Trail Blazers 38-19 both of the Western Conference in game 3 of a 4 game Regular Season Series, and this game played at the Moda Center in Portland, Oregon and was seen on ESPN and tip-off took place at 10:30 PM ET.
The scoring in the game was sort of back, and forth as the Thunder scored 25 points in the 1st quarter as the Blazers scored 28. The 2nd quarter the Thunder lead the scoring with 34 points while the Blazers only scored 19, thus the game went to half-time with the OKC Thunder 59 and the Portland Trail Blazers 47. Then the Trail Blazers started the 2nd half with 12 point deficit and in the 3rd quarter the outscored the Thunder 31-30 and reduced their deficit in the game only to 11 points. In the 4th and final quarter of the game the Trail Blazers again outscored the Thunder 37 to 23 and then not only reduced their deficit but won the game 115 to 112 giving the Thunder a losing deficit of 3 points in this game.
The leading 5 performers in the game for the OKC Thunder were guard-Westbrook-40 points 13 rebounds and 11 assists, with a triple double, forward-McGary-20 points 9 rebounds 2 assists off the bench, forward-Ibaka-14 points 6 rebounds, guard-Murray-13 points 3 rebounds 2 assists off the bench, and guard-Walters-7 points 4 rebounds and 2 assists off the bench.
Also the leading top 5 performers for the Trail Blazers in the game was forward-Aldridge-29 points 16 rebounds 5 assists, guard-Lillard-29 points 3 rebounds 5 assists, guard-Affalo-18 points 2 rebounds 2 assists off the bench, forward-Batum-9 points 4 rebounds 3 assists and center-Lopez-8 points 5 rebounds and 1 assist.
Statistically the teams, starting with Thunder who had 112 points, 94 field goal attempts making 45 for a 47% completion rate, on 3-pointers made 4 of 14 for 28 % rate, for foul shots they made 18-22 for an 81% rate, while the Trail Blazer scored 115 points, had 89 field goal attempts making 43 %, on 3-pointers they made 10 of 26 for a 38 % completion, for foul shots they made 27 of 31 for a 87 % completion rate.
In rebounding, the Thunder had a total of 47 rebounds, then had 24 assists, 4 blocks, 5 steals, 13 turnovers and committed 23 fouls. The Trail Blazers had 43 total rebounds, then 20 assists, 4 blocks, 7 steals, 9 turnovers and committed 9 fouls in the game.
This definitely was a game where the Trail Blazers came from behind and overcame the Thunder’s performance by guard-Westbrook-40 points and his 3rd consecutive triple-double in this game, which was the first since LeBron did it back in 2009. He entered this game averaging 30.4 points per game and 10.2 assists.
The Thunder had to play this game with the absence of 2 key performing players is Durant and Kanter as a result of injuries.