Thunder drop Game 1 to Trail Blazers following shooting woes

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The Thunder will be kicking themselves as they could've stole Game 1 if they didn't allow the Trailblazers to get off to such a hot start.

And we saw plenty more where that came from throughout the game - four of Lillard's five 3-point makes came from 28-feet or deeper with three of them coming from 30-feet out!

"I don't think it was really anything we did", Blazers guard Damian Lillard said.

The Blazers have endured a miserable record in the playoffs in recent years, suffering back-to-back first round sweeps in 2017 and 2018 against Golden State and New Orleans.

CJ McCollum added 24 points and Enes Kanter contributed 20 points and 18 rebounds for the Trail Blazers, who led by as many as 19 points in the first half. 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.

George, nursing a sore right shoulder, was just 1 for 6 from the floor in the opening quarter and never got going as he struggled from the field throughout.

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OKC scored six straight points, the last two on a left-handed layup by Westbrook to cut it to 91-87 with 3:51 left.

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.

Portland jumped out to a 26-15 lead early on McCollum's third 3-pointer.

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.

Lillard went nine-of-21 from the field on his way to 30 points in 38 minutes, adding four rebounds, four assists and three steals. Terrance Ferguson and McCollum had a heated exchange in the second quarter, earning technical fouls.

Speaking to reporters after the game, Kanter recalled his stint with the New York Knicks and his lack of playing time. The Blazers led 39-25 after the first quarter and were able to close out the rest of the game in entertaining fashion.

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