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The Trail Blazers hand the Grizzlies a huge 116 to 89 loss

The Trail Blazers hand the Grizzlies a huge 116 to 89 loss

Like most expected, the Memphis Grizzlies have been knocked down out of playoff contention for the second straight season.  Before the 2017-2018 season, the Grizzlies have made seven straight postseason appearances and one Western Conference Finals appearance.  Even though they are basically finished for the season, they will hope to avoid a second consecutive loss as they battle the Trail Blazers in Portland tonight.

As for the Portland Trail Blazers, they will make a sixth consecutive playoff appearance.  As they sit at the fourth spot in the Western Conference with a 49-28 record, they hope to capture a second straight victory tonight.

The Grizzlies and the Trail Blazers have met up a grand total of 93 times in the past as the Grizzlies grabbed 43 wins while the Trail Blazers went on to win 50 games.  This game will mark the fourth and final time that these two ball clubs will meet up this season.  The last time they saw each other was on March 5 when the Grizzlies handed the Portland team a 111-120 loss.  Mike Conley finished that contest with 40 points, four rebounds, four assists, and one steal while C.J. McCollum had 27 points, two rebounds, two assists, and one block.

INACTIVES:

Memphis Grizzlies:

-Kyle Anderson (shoulder; 8.0 PPG, 5.8 RPG, 3.0 APG, 54.3 FG%, 26.5 3P%, 57.8 FT%)
-Avery Bradley (knee/wrist; 9.9 PPG, 2.8 RPG, 2.4 APG, 40.8 FG%, 35.1 3P%, 86.0 FT%)
-Dillon Brooks (toe; 7.5 PPG, 1.7 RPG, 0.9 APG, 40.2 FG%, 37.5 3P%, 73.3 FT%)
-Mike Conley (ankle; 21.1 PPG, 3.4 RPG, 6.4 APG, 43.8 FG%, 36.4 3P%, 84.5 FT%)
-Jaren Jackson (quad; 13.8 PPG, 4.7 RPG, 1.1 APG, 50.6 FG%, 35.9 3P%, 76.6 FT%)
-C.J. Miles (foot; 6.4 PPG, 1.8 RPG, 0.7 APG, 36.0 FG%, 33.0 3P%, 82.8 FT%)
-Joakim Noah (knee; 7.1 PPG, 5.7 RPG, 2.1 APG, 51.6 FG%, 0.0 3P%, 71.6 FT%)
-Jonas Valanciunas (ankle; 15.6 PPG, 8.6 RPG, 1.4 APG, 55.9 FG%, 29.2 3P%, 79.5 FT%)

Portland Trail Blazers:

-C.J. McCollum (knee; 21.3 PPG, 4.0 RPG, 2.9 APG, 46.3 FG%, 38.0 3P%, 83.1 FT%)
-Jusuf Nurkic (leg; 15.6 PPG, 10.4 RPG, 3.2 APG, 50.8 FG%, 10.3 3P%, 77.3 FT%)
-Meyers Leonard (coach’s decision; 5.7 PPG, 3.7 RPG, 1.2 APG, 54.1 FG%, 45.0 3P%, 83.7 FT%)

GAMETIME:

The game would be held close at the beginning as the Portland Trail Blazers shot fifty-seven percent in the first half while the Memphis Grizzlies completed fifty-three percent of their shots.  Damian Lillard would score 14 points, earning three of those points from beyond the arc in the first quarter.  He also had four rebounds, seven assists, and one steal while Enes Kanter chalked up 13 points on eighty-five percent shooting.

Former Los Angeles Clippers’ forward Al-Farouq Aminu helped out with seven points as the drilled a trey late in the first quarter.  Rodney Hood also had seven points which included a three-pointer while Maurice Harkless earned five points.  Evan Turner played fourteen minutes off the bench but only had four points.

As for the visiting team, Delon Wright scored eleven points while hitting a three-pointer in the first period.  2014-2015 NBA champion Justin Holiday had eight points which held two three-pointers in the first quarter.  Ivan Rabb also had eight points, along with four rebounds and one steal.  Chandler Parsons played the most minutes off the bench as he had 13 points while the Oregon team went into the locker room with a 62 to 59 lead.

The Trail Blazers would pick up speed as they went on a 56 to 30 run in the second half, shooting forty-six percent, holding the Grizzlies to a low twenty-three percent shooting.  During that run, Zach Collins dropped eleven points off the bench while hitting two three-pointers late in the fourth quarter.  Lillard would only score eight points but had three rebounds, three assists, and one steal while Kanter also had eight points.

Rabb scored five points for the Memphis Grizzlies but it wouldn’t matter as the Portland Trail Blazers ended up blowing them out, 116 to 89.  Enes Kanter finished the game with 21 points, along with 15 rebounds, and a season-high and a career-high-tying 3 steals.  Chandler Parsons ended up with 16 points, one rebound, one assist, two steals, and a season-high-tying one block.

So…what’s next?

The Memphis Grizzlies will travel to Texas to take on Luka Doncic (21.1 PPG, 7.6 RPG, 5.9 APG, 42.5 FG%, 32.7 3P%) and the Dallas Mavericks (31-46) on Friday at 8:30 p.m.  This will be the third of four times that these two teams meet up this season.  March 2 was the last time they saw each other as the Grizzlies blew the Mavericks out, 111-81.  During that game, Jonas Valanciunas scored 20 points, grabbed 10 rebounds, dished out four assists, and committed one steal while Luka Doncic finished with 22 points, 4 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals, and 2 blocks.

The Portland Trail Blazers will head to Colorado to battle Nikola Jokic (20.1 PPG, 10.8 RPG, 7.3 APG, 50.8 FG%, 31.4 3P%) and the Denver Nuggets (51-26) on Friday at 10:30 p.m.  This game will mark the third of four meetings between these two ball clubs during this season.  The last time they played each other was on January 13 when the Nuggets snuck away with a 116 to 113 victory.  Nikola Jokic finished that matchup with 40 points, along with 10 rebounds, and 8 assists while Damian Lillard settled for 26 points, 4 rebounds, and 7 assists.

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The Trail Blazers top the Suns with a 108 to 86 victory

The Trail Blazers top the Suns with a 108 to 86 victory

The Phoenix Suns currently hold the worst record in the league at 4-20 and things haven’t gotten any easier as they are now without their up-and-coming Devin Booker.  They are on their way to tying their longest losing streak of the season at seven games if they don’t win tonight.  Believe it or not, they have not had a winning streak yet this season.

The Portland Trail Blazers, on the other hand, are trying to avoid a fourth straight loss, which would mark their longest losing streak this season.  The Trail Blazers and the Suns have battled each other a grand total of 254 times in the past as the Suns won 135 games while the Oregon team was kept to 119 victories.  Tonight will be the first of three times that two ball clubs will go against each other this season.  The Suns got swept last season against the Trail Blazers in the regular-season series, 0-4.

INACTIVES:

Phoenix Suns:

-Devin Booker (hamstring; 23.5 PPG, 3.6 RPG, 6.7 APG, 43.9 FG%, 31.3 3P%, 84.2 FT%)
-T.J. Warren (ankle; 17.7 PPG, 4.1 RPG, 1.3 APG, 51.1 FG%, 45.0 3P%, 84.6 FT%)
-Ryan Anderson (coach’s decision; 3.7 PPG, 3.0 RPG, 1.1 APG, 31.7 FG%, 20.6 3P%, 78.6 FT%)
-George King (G-League)

Portland Trail Blazers:

-C.J. McCollum (ankle; 21.3 PPG, 3.8 RPG, 2.4 APG, 46.4 FG%, 36.1 3P%, 82.9 FT%)
-Anfernee Simons (2.2 PPG, 1.0 RPG, 0.2 APG, 33.3 FG%, 0.0 3P%, 25.0 FT%)

GAMETIME:

The Portland Trail Blazers would set the tone early in this game as they outscored the Phoenix Suns in the first quarter, 34 to 9.  This would not be the first time the Suns were held to just nine points in the first quarter as the Sacramento Kings had the same effect on them during the December 4th matchup.  The Suns would lose that game by seventeen points.  In this game, though, Troy Daniels scored ten points off the bench as he had two three-pointers in the second quarter.  Josh Jackson helped out with eight points on fifty percent shooting.  Overall, the Suns would complete thirty-eight percent of their shots in the first half while the Portland Trail Blazers completed fifty-five percent.

Damian Lillard got hot with twenty-one points for the home team while knocking down three three-pointers in the first quarter.  He also had five rebounds, six assists, and one steal.  Jusuf Nurkic chipped in seven points on only thirty-eight percent shooting.  Seth Curry was kept completely scoreless while Al-Farouq Aminu had five points.  Jake Layman played the most minutes off the bench as he had seventeen points while the Trail Blazers went into halftime with a commanding 62 to 41 advantage.

The Suns would come out of the locker room with a sense of urgency as they scored forty-seven points in the second half, twenty-seven in the fourth quarter.  Rookie Elie Okobo dropped nine points while hitting a three-pointer late in the fourth quarter.  De’Anthony Melton scored seven points off the bench while both Josh Jackson and Richaun Holmes had six points each.

The Trail Blazers would make sure to keep fighting as Zach Collins scored ten points in the eighteen minutes he played off the bench.  Evan Turner had six points off the bench while Lillard was limited to four points but his play wasn’t really needed for the rest of the game as the Portland Trail Blazers handed the Phoenix Suns a 108-86 loss, tying their longest losing streak this season at seven games.  Damian Lillard finished the contest with twenty-five points, five rebounds, eight assists, one steal, and one block while Troy Daniels had a season-high fifteen points, along with three rebounds, and one assist.

So…what’s next?

The Phoenix Suns will host Josh Richardson (19.7 PPG, 4.0 RPG, 3.3 APG, 41.1 FG%, 39.9 3P%) and the Miami Heat (9-14) tomorrow night at 9:00 p.m.  This will mark the first of two meetings between these two teams this season.  Last season, the Miami Heat swept the Suns in their regular-season series, 2-0.

The Portland Trail Blazers will host Karl-Anthony Towns (21.3 PPG, 12.0 RPG, 2.3 APG, 49.1 FG%, 41.2 3P%) and the Minnesota Timberwolves (13-12) on Saturday at 10:00 p.m.  This will be the third of four times that these two teams will battle each other during this season.  The last time the Trail Blazers and the Timberwolves saw each other was on November 16 when the Timberwolves defeated the Trail Blazers, 112-96.  Andrew Wiggins finished that game with twenty-three points, five rebounds, four assists, two steals, and one block while C.J. McCollum had eighteen points, one rebound, two assists, and one steal.

Damian Lillard’s late three-pointer gives the Trail Blazers a 113-110 win over the Lakers

Damian Lillard’s late three-pointer gives the Trail Blazers a 113-110 win over the Lakers

The Portland Trail Blazers started the game with shooting a high seventy-one percent in the first quarter while limiting the Los Angeles Lakers to forty-four percent.  Ohio-native C.J. McCollum started off hot as he shoots eighty-three percent from the field to earn himself thirteen points.  He collected nine of those points from beyond the arc while Jusuf Nurkic chalked up ten points.  Nurkic also dished off three assists while Damian Lillard had seven points, three from beyond the three-point line and the other four from the charity stripe.  Lillard also gave out the assists while Evan Turner came off of the bench to record two points, three rebounds, and two assists.

As for the Lakers, Kyle Kuzma played six minutes off of the bench as he dropped seven points, shooting sixty percent from the field.  Brook Lopez would contribute with four points but would earn two of them from the free-throw line.  Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Julius Randle would both come off the bench to also be limited to four points each while Lonzo Ball would be held scoreless in the eight minutes that he played.  He would, however, get off two assists but it was still the Portland team who ended the first quarter with a huge 41 to 25 advantage.

The purple-and-gold would respond in the second period with a 37 to 25 run, shooting sixty-three percent while holding the Blazers to forty-two percent.  Former Nets’ center Brook Lopez would start to warm up as he scores thirteen points off of eighty-three percent shooting.  Jordan Clarkson came off of the bench to help out with six points while grabbing one defensive rebound and dishing off two assists.  Kuzma continued to work as he put up four points and two defensive rebounds.  Randle came off of the bench to also put up four points to go along with his three defensive rebounds while Lonzo was kept scoreless.

On the other end of the court, Jusuf Nurkic would chalk up ten points while shooting sixty-seven percent from the field.  Lillard ended up with six points, along with one offensive rebound and two assists.  Former Lakers’ forward Ed Davis came off of the bench to score three points while pulling down one offensive rebound and three defensive rebounds.  Maurice Harkless was limited to just two points as the Trail Blazers closed out the first half with a 66-62 lead.

The Lakers continued to impress as they shot fifty-seven percent from the field as a team, holding the Blazers at only thirty percent.  Brandon Ingram would decide to warm up with eight points while gobbling up two defensive rebounds.  Caldwell-Pope ended up scoring five points while knocking down a three-pointer in the process.  Larry Nance and Brook Lopez would each be held to just three points, both earn one of them from the free-throw line.  Even though Ball was still scoreless in the third quarter, he managed to grab one defensive rebound while blocking two shots.

As for the Oregon team, Damian Lillard continued to contribute as he dropped ten points but only shot twenty-nine percent from the field.  He earned six of those points from the free-throw line while grabbing two boards.  McCollum helped out with a three-pointer and one free-throw as he gave out two assists.  Caleb Swanigan came off of the bench to give three points while pulling down two offensive rebounds and one defensive rebound.  Evan Turner was scoreless in the seven minutes he played but he did grab two defensive rebounds while dishing off two assists.  Nurkic recorded two points and two defensive rebounds while the Trail Blazers went into the third quarter with a tight 87-85 lead.

The Lakers continued to shoot at a high rate as they shot fifty-six percent from the field in the fourth period while the Portland team shot forty-three percent.  Kyle Kuzma played for the entire quarter as he chalked up nine points, hitting a three-pointer in the process.  Brook Lopez scored seven points in the quarter, three coming from beyond the arc and two from the free-throw line.  Corey Brewer was held at two points while grabbing two defensive rebounds while Ball was scoreless.

As for the other team, Damian Lillard scored nine more additional points with three coming from beyond the arc.  He was able to gobble up one offensive rebound and one defensive rebound while Nurkic collected six points.  Harkless was held scoreless but he did manage to get his hands on two defensive rebounds.  The game would be tied with fifteen seconds left but Damian Lillard would connect for a 30-foot three-pointer with one second left to give the Portland Trail Blazers a 113-110 win over the Los Angeles Lakers.  Brook Lopez finished with twenty-seven points, three rebounds, and one assist while Lonzo Ball would be held scoreless.  Damian Lillard ended up with thirty-two points, six rebounds, and five assists.

The Minnesota Timberwolves pull away with a 115 to 113 win over the Oklahoma City Thunder

The Minnesota Timberwolves pull away with a 115 to 113 win over the Oklahoma City Thunder

Sunday’s matchup between the Minnesota Timberwolves and the Oklahoma City Thunder is the first of four games that these two teams would play against each other.  Each team is coming off of a game against the Utah Jazz, the Thunder losing to the Jazz as the Timberwolves defeated the Jazz.  The Thunder would hope to avoid their second straight loss as they hosted the Timberwolves at the Chesapeake Energy Arena.

The Timberwolves would shoot fifty-seven percent from the field as a team while limiting the Thunder to forty-six percent.  2015 Rookie of the Year Andrew Wiggins would drop ten points as he shot sixty-seven percent from the field.  He would connect for a three-pointer while grabbing three defensive rebounds and dishing off two assists.  Taj Gibson ended up shooting seventy-five percent from the field as he scored six points.  Karl-Anthony Towns would be limited to thirty-three percent shooting from the field as he dropped two points but he did manage to get three rebounds.

As for the home team, Steven Adams would shoot eighty percent from the field as he tallies up eight points while grabbing two offensive rebounds and two defensive rebounds.  Carmelo Anthony ended up shooting fifty percent from the field as he scored six points.  Paul George would be limited to only four points in the nine minutes that he played but he did manage to pull down two defensive rebounds.  Russell Westbrook only scored two points but he did record one defensive rebound and two assists as the Timberwolves ended the first quarter with a 28 to 23 lead.

During the second period, the Thunder would shoot fifty-seven percent from the field as the Minnesota team shot fifty-two percent.  South Carolina-native Raymond Felton would come off the bench to put up ten points, six of them coming from beyond the arc.  Westbrook chalked up seven more points while pulling down two defensive rebounds and dishing off two assists.  George and Anthony would be limited to two points each as Steven Adams recorded six points, along with two offensive rebounds and one offensive rebound.

Karl-Anthony Towns would shoot fifty-seven percent from the field as he scored eleven points, adding four rebounds to go along with it.  New-shooting guard Jimmy Butler shot forty percent from the field but was only limited to four points.  Gorgui Dieng would come off of the bench to collect four points for himself.  Gibson would be limited to only a three-pointer but it was still the Timberwolves who entered halftime with a 61 to 54 lead.

The Minnesota team would go on a 27 to 21 run in the third as they shot forty percent from the field, limiting the Thunder to thirty-two percent from the field.  Towns continue to impress as he shoots seventy-five percent from the field, chalking up seven points which would include one three-pointer.  Butler contributed with seven more points which would include three from beyond the arc.  Jeff Teague would collect two defensive rebounds and three assists as Taj Gibson pulled down one offensive rebound and four defensive rebounds.

On the other end of the court, Carmelo Anthony ended up dropping seven points which included one three-pointer.  Westbrook would shoot sixty percent from the field as he gets seven points, as well, along with one defensive rebound and three assists.  Paul George would put up five points as he shots only thirty-three percent from the field.  Steven Adams would be held scoreless but he would manage to gobble up three offensive rebounds and one defensive rebound as the Minnesota Timberwolves went into the last quarter with an 88-75 advantage.

The Oklahoma team would respond with a huge 38 to 27 run in the fourth quarter as they shot fifty-six percent from the field.  The Timberwolves ended up shooting fifty percent from the field as Andrew Wiggins dropped twelve points while grabbing one offensive rebound and one defensive rebound.  Karl-Anthony Towns would contribute with seven points as he shot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field.  He would also connect for a three-pointer in the process while Butler would be limited to two points.

On the other end of the floor, Westbrook would heat up for fifteen points while shooting sixty-seven percent from the field.  Carmelo Anthony would play ten minutes as he scored eight points, hitting one three-pointer in the process.  George played for the entire quarter but would only be limited to a three-pointer.  He would happen to pull down one defensive rebound while dishing off four assists.

With thirty seconds left in the quarter, Westbrook would nail a three-pointer to tie the game up at 110 apiece.  Towns would then take the ball and drive towards the basket to put in a layup, giving the visiting team a two-point lead.  Out of a Thunder timeout, Carmelo Anthony would connect for a three-point jump shot to give the Thunder a one-point lead.  But it was Wiggins who took the ball across the court to knock down a three-pointer, giving the Minnesota Timberwolves a 115 to 113 win over the Oklahoma City Thunder.  Karl-Anthony Towns finished the game with twenty-seven points, twelve rebounds, and one assist.  Andrew Wiggins would also finish with twenty-seven points, along with seven rebounds and four assists.  Russell Westbrook ended up with thirty-one points, five rebounds and ten assists.

The Oklahoma City Thunder easily hand the New York Knicks a 105 to 84 loss in Anthony’s debut against his former team

The Oklahoma City Thunder easily hand the New York Knicks a 105 to 84 loss in Anthony’s debut against his former team

Last night’s matchup between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the New York Knicks would mark the first of two games that they would play against each other but this game is something special:  This would be the first time that Carmelo Anthony would face the Knicks since being traded and he is hoping to close that chapter out by showing up big.  He would also have new-forward Paul George and Russell Westbrook by his side to help out as the Thunder host the Knicks in Oklahoma.

During the first quarter of the game, the Knicks would shoot fifty-six percent from the field, limiting the Thunder to thirty-six percent.  Paul George would heat up for thirteen points in the beginning quarter, six of those coming from behind the arc and the other four from the free-throw line.  2017 NBA MVP Russell Westbrook would score five points while grabbing two rebounds and dishing off one assist.  Anthony would only shoot seventeen percent as he earns four points from knocking down a three-pointer and one free-throw.

As for the New York team, Kristaps Porzingis would chalk up eight points while collecting three defensive rebounds.  Former Houston Rockets’ shooting guard Courtney Lee would score five points while knocking down a three-pointer in the process of doing so.  New-center Enes Kanter would be limited to four points while collecting two offensive rebounds and two defensive rebounds.  Ramon Sessions would knock down a three-pointer to contribute but it was the home team that ended the first quarter with a 27-24 lead.

The Thunder would shoot thirty-nine percent from the field as a team in the second quarter while the Knicks ended shooting twenty-nine percent from the field.  Porzingis would add eleven more points to his scoring total as he drills a three-pointer in the process.  He would also gather up two offensive rebounds and four defensive rebounds while doing so.  Tim Hardaway Jr. ended up dropping five points, three coming from beyond the arc.  Kyle O’Quinn would come off the bench to put up two points while grabbing four rebounds.

On the other end of the court, Carmelo Anthony would start to heat up as he drops eleven points, drilling a three-pointer in the process.  Westbrook scored seven points while shooting sixty-seven percent from the field.  He also managed to grab three rebounds while giving out four assists.  George would play for twelve minutes only to be limited to four points but he would collect two defensive rebounds.  Steven Adams would also be limited to four points but he would grab three rebounds as the Thunder head into the locker room with a 53 to 42 advantage over the Knicks.

After halftime, the Oklahoma City Thunder would spark a huge 26 to 17 run in the third quarter as they shot fifty-nine percent from the field, limiting the visiting team to thirty-seven percent.  Andre Roberson would shoot sixty percent from the field to earn himself six points as he contributes with three rebounds and two assists.  Russell Westbrook continues to add to his performance as he chalks up five points, three defensive rebounds, and six assists.  George and Anthony would each be limited to four points but George would manage to collect two defensive rebounds in the process.

As for the Knicks, Kanter would shoot seventy-five percent from the field as he records six points and two defensive rebounds.  Lee would end up play twelve minutes only to be limited to four points and two assists.  Kristaps Porzingis would only shoot twenty percent from the field, collecting two points as the Thunder end the third quarter with a huge 79-59 lead.

The New York Knicks would shoot forty-four percent from the field in the last period as the Thunder shot forty-two percent from the field.  Porzingis would continue his shooting performance as he puts up ten more points, knocking down a three-pointer in the process of doing so.  He would also grab two rebounds as Kansas-native Ron Baker came off the bench to drill a three-pointer and two free-throws.  O’Quinn would be held scoreless in the eight minutes that he played but he did manage to pull down three defensive rebounds.

On the other end of the floor, Paul George ended up chalking up nine points, earning all of them from beyond the arc.  Jerami Grant would come off of the bench to drop five points, drilling a three-pointer in the process of doing so.  Anthony would knock down a three-pointer to earn three points while Westbrook would also earn three points, along with two defensive rebounds and four assists as the Oklahoma City Thunder easily pull away with a 105 to 84 victory over the New York Knicks.

Carmelo Anthony finished the game with twenty-two points against his former team, along with one rebound and one assist while Paul George finished with twenty-eight points, six rebounds, and one assist.  Russell Westbrook would post his 89th triple-double of his career as he finishes with twenty-one points, ten rebounds, and sixteen assists.  Kristaps Porzingis would finish with thirty-one points, twelve rebounds, and one assist.

The Golden State Warriors defeat the Portland Trail Blazers as they take a 1-0 lead in series

The Golden State Warriors defeat the Portland Trail Blazers as they take a 1-0 lead in series

Today marked the first game between the Portland Trail Blazers and the Golden State Warriors in their Playoffs series.  These two teams met up in the postseason last year, resulting in the Warriors defeating Portland 4-1 in the Semifinals.  This will be the first time that Kevin Durant has played in the postseason as a Warrior.  The Trail Blazers would look to get revenge as each team looks to start the series off on a good foot inside the Oracle Arena.

Kevin Durant would start off hot in the first quarter as he scores eleven points which included one 3-pointer.  He would shoot 50% from the floor while pulling down six rebounds.  Stephen Curry would also shoot 50%, as he collects nine points, including one 3-pointer.  Draymond Green would work on the boards as he grabs four rebounds for the home team.  On the other end, both C.J. McCollum and Damian Lillard would drop twelve points each.  McCollum’s twelve points would include two 3-pointers as Lillard’s twelve points included one 3-pointer but it would be the Warriors who end the first quarter with a 31-27 lead.  The 2015-2016 Most Improved Player, C.J. McCollum, would heat up in the second quarter as he shoots 77% from the field, earning fifteen points which contained one 3-pointer.  Lillard would also drop nine points, including one 3-pointer.  After being held scoreless in the first, Klay Thompson would throw up seven points, which held a 3-pointer.  Durant would collect five more points, including one 3-pointer as both teams would head into the locker rooms with a 56-56 tie.  Stephen Curry would come alive in the third period, as he scores fourteen points, containing two 3-pointers.  Former Thunder player, Kevin Durant, would earn eight additional points, shooting 60% from the field.  On the other end of the floor, Maurice Harkless, C.J. McCollum and Damian Lillard would each score seven points for the Oregon team.  Harkless would shoot 60% from the field, including one 3-pointer.  McCollum would shoot 37% from the field, as well as Lilliard, who also earned himself a 3-pointer.  At the end of the third, the score would be tied at 88 a piece as they look to close things out in the fourth.  The last period would belong to the California team as they go on a huge 33 to 21 run.  The second-round pick in the 2012 draft, Draymond Green, would drop ten points, which included one 3-pointer.  He would also grab three rebounds, get two steals and three blocks.  Kevin Durant would earn himself eight more points as they escape with a 121 to 109 win, taking a 1-0 lead in the series.  C.J. McCollum finished with forty-one points (his new career-high points in Playoffs), eight rebounds and one assist.  Kevin Durant would finish with thirty-two points, ten rebounds and two assists.

Portland Trail Blazers would defeat the San Antonio Spurs in a close game

Portland Trail Blazers would defeat the San Antonio Spurs in a close game

The 40-40 Portland Trail Blazers will look end the regular season with a winning streak as they host the 61-19 San Antonio Spurs in Oregon.  These two teams have met three times this season, making this matchup the fourth and final one.  The first game was played on December 23 in Portland as the Spurs would win 110-90.  In that game, Kawhi Leonard would score thirty-three points, grab three rebounds and give out two assists.  Damian Lillard would finish with sixteen points, five rebounds and ten assists.  CJ McCollum would finish with sixteen points, six rebounds and three assists.  Meyers Leonard would finish with sixteen points and five rebounds.  The second meeting was held on December 30 in Texas as the home team would pull a 110 to 94 victory.  Jonathon Simmons would end with nineteen points, three rebounds and two assists.  CJ McCollum would put up twenty-nine points, two rebounds and one assist.  The last time these teams played was on March 15 in San Antonio as the visiting team would escape with a 110-106 win.  Damian Lillard finished with thirty-six points, three rebounds and four assists.  Kawhi Leonard would end up with thirty-four points, nine rebounds and six assists.  The Portland Trail Blazers would look to even the regular season series up tonight.

In the first quarter, the home team would start off hot as the first round pick in the 2012 draft, Meyers Leonard, would drop thirteen points, including three 3-pointers.  Kawhi Leonard would score five points, shooting 66% from the field but it would be the Oregon team that ends the quarter with a 31-28 advantage.  In the second period, Noah Vonleh would put up six points, along with Shabazz Napier’s five points.  On the other end, Leonard and LaMarcus Aldridge would each shooting 50% from the field, earning four points but it was the Trail Blazers who walked into halftime with a 47 to 43 lead.  The Spurs would return the favor in the third quarter as they go on a 33-24 run.  Kawhi Leonard would start to come alive as he scores nine points, including one 3-pointer.  Point-guard Tony Parker would add to that by earning six points but on the other end, former Celtics, Evan Turner, would go for thirteen points which would contain one 3-pointer.  The Portland Trail Blazers would eventually trail the San Antonio Spurs at the end of the third quarter as Portland walks into the fourth quarter with a 76-71 lead.  In the fourth quarter, Napier would score fifteen more points, including two 3-pointers.  Simmons would chalk up seven points for his Spurs team, shooting 50% from the field.  With less than a minute remaining in the game, the Trail Blazers would trail by only three after Pat Connaughton makes a 23-foot jump shot.  After that, Vonleh would tip a miss shot in the basket to bring his team within one.  Once the Spurs got the ball, Vonleh would intentionally foul Kyle Anderson and he will go to the free-throw to knock down both foul shots.  With the Spurs leading by three, Portland would be forced to call a timeout with only 18 seconds remaining.  Jake Layman would come out of the timeout to force a driving dunk to the rim to bring his team within one again.  After the Spurs called a timeout, Anderson would throw a bad pass and Portland would take advantage of the turnover as Vonleh makes a lay-up, giving his home team a 99-98 victory.  Shabazz Napier would finish with thirty-two points, six rebounds and five assists.  Kawhi Leonard would finish with only eighteen points.