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George shot just 8/24 including 4/15 on threes as the Thunder lost Game 1 104-99 to Portland.

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.

In just his ninth start with the Blazers, Kanter became just the third player in team history with at least 20 points and 18 rebounds in playoff game. Paul George, who was a game-time decision because of a sore shoulder, added 26 points and 10 rebounds but was just 8 of 24 from the field and 4 of 15 from beyond the arc.

Oklahoma City couldn't get closer and Lillard hit a 30-footer to extend the Blazers' lead to 89-81 with 6:38 left. "He had a huge presence down the stretch and played a huge part in us winning this game", said Lillard. "Just a couple of days ago I looked in the mirror and said I am blessed to be here, with an wonderful organization and unbelievable teammates". Portland outscored OKC 22-21 in the quarter to take a 76-69 lead into the fourth.

The Thunder as a team shot 5-for-33 from three in the loss on Sunday.

"It's a series. First to four". Terrance Ferguson and McCollum had a heated exchange in the second quarter, earning technical fouls.

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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 Thunder's only lead was in the opening quarter.

The Thunder were taken out to deep waters and almost drowned by the Trail Blazers in the first quarter of Game 1.

Looking back on it now, the Trail Blazers were clearly smart to pick up Enes Kanter after he was waived by the New York Knicks. Nurkic, who was averaging 14.6 points and 10.4 rebounds, broke his leg in two places and was out for the season.

On Sunday however Portland's three-year wait for a postseason win came to an end, as Damian Lillard inspired a battling victory over the sixth-seeded Thunder. I thought his conditioning was really good.

The Oklahoma City Thunder look to level the series against the Portland Trailblazers at the Moda Center in Game 2 on Tuesday.

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