Portland wins Game 1 against the Thunder 104-99


Paul George is in the starting lineup for the Thunder for Game 1 vs. the Portland Trail Blazers.

The win snaps a 10 game playoff losing streak for the franchise and finally gives CJ McCollum the playoff victory for Jennifer.

He was backed by C.J. McCollum, who added 24 points from nine-of-24 shooting with six rebounds and three assists.

Damian Lillard scored 30 points and the third-seeded Blazers opened their series against the No. 6 Oklahoma City Thunder on Sunday with a 104-99 victory.

"He had a huge presence down the stretch and played a huge part in us winning this game", said Lillard.

Damian Lillard of the Blazers reacts after making a shot in a National Basketball Association playoff game against Oklahoma City.

George made a 3-pointer with 8.2 seconds remaining to get the Thunder within 100-97 but Portland hung on. 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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Battling a right shoulder injury, George struggled for much of the game to find his rhythm. For the game, he made four of 15 3-point attempts.

Some of that improvement, at least relative to the matchup with the Rockets, was displayed early in the season when the Jazz claimed the first two meetings with Houston by a total of 38 points.

Of course, what happens during the regular season doesn't always carry over into the postseason and that was the case in Game 1 of this series.

On Feb. 7, just hours after the National Basketball Association trade deadline, the New York Knicks released Kanter.

What: Blazers vs. Thunder, 7:30 p.m. Portland went on to lead the opening quarter by as many as 17 points, paced by Lillard with 12 points.

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. George was 1 of 8 from the perimeter.

Westbook's layup got the Thunder within 64-60, but he collected his fourth foul late in the third and went to the bench. The Blazers led 39-25 after the first quarter and were able to close out the rest of the game in entertaining fashion.