Thunder's George active for Game 1 vs. Blazers

Carrie Guzman
April 15, 2019

The victory not only put the Blazers up 1-0 in the best-of-7 series, but snapped a 10-game playoff losing streak for the Portland club.

Here's a look a look at the major takeaways for the Thunder from Game 1. Russell Westbrook racked up a triple-double of 24 points with 10 rebounds and 10 assists, Paul George led the team in scoring with 26 points and 10 rebounds while Steven Adams chipped in with 17 points and nine rebounds.

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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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George bombed in a 3 to cut it to 100-97, and Lillard hit pair at the line to make it 102-97 with 5.5 seconds to go. Kanter finished with 20 points, a playoff career-high 18 rebounds and two blocks, and Damian Lillard (30 points, four rebounds) and CJ McCollum (24 points, six rebounds) carried the offensive load throughout. 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.

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George missed the Thunder' regular-season finale Wednesday at Milwaukee because of the nagging injury, which also kept him out of games on February 28, March 2 and March 3. But he started and hit his first two 3-point attempts. For the game, he made four of 15 3-point attempts.

The Blazers' hopes for post-season success were dealt a blow last month when center Jusuf Nurkic (averaging15.6 points, 10.4 rebounds) was lost for the season with a broken left leg.

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. Portland outscored OKC 22-21 in the quarter to take a 76-69 lead into the fourth.

Westbook's layup got the Thunder within 64-60, but he collected his fourth foul late in the third and went to the bench.

Game 2 is back at the Moda Centre on Wednesday (NZT).

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