Thunder Looks For First Win In Portland Since 2013-14 - News9.com - Oklahoma City, OK - News, Weather, Video and Sports |

Thunder Looks For First Win In Portland Since 2013-14

Posted: Updated:
PORTLAND, Oregon -

The surging Thunder heads to Portland tonight to take on the slumping Blazers with a chance to take over sixth place in the West. Tipoff is set for 9:30 p.m. CT.

Oklahoma City (35-25) improved to 3-0 after the All-Star Break in Tuesday’s 109-106 win against Utah and further assimilated newcomers Taj Gibson and Doug McDermott into the fold. The pair is averaging 17.0 points and 8.7 rebounds since joining the Thunder last week. Freshly-signed backup point guard Norris Cole has joined the team on the road trip but it's undetermined when he'll see on-court action.

Victor Oladipo will continue to miss time due to back spasms; he didn't make the trip to Portland. Rookie Alex Abrines has filled in admirably averaging 14.3 points and shooting 52 percent on threes since stepping into the starting lineup for Oladipo.

Enes Kanter is rounding back into form as well. In his first game back from a broken arm, Kanter shot just 2-for-12 and finished with four points. The next two games he’s averaged 17.5 points and 9.0 rebounds on 13-for-21 shooting.

The Blazers (24-35) had a tough February, going 2-7 in the month and giving up 111.2 points per game over that stretch. Still, they’re just three games behind Denver for eighth place and a playoff spot. Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum are both having career years scoring at 26.0 and 23.3 ppg respectively and the pair takes 43 percent of Portland’s shots.

New center Jusuf Nurkic, acquired in a trade with Denver for Mason Plumlee, is thriving with the Blazers giving them 13.0 points and 7.8 rebounds per game. Tonight’s contest will be his first game in Portland.

The Thunder haven’t won in Portland since Feb. 11, 2014. With his next triple double, Russell Westbrook will tie Wilt Chamberlain for second on the single-season record book with 31 triple doubles. Oscar Robertson holds the record for triple doubles in a season at 41.

Live Radar

WARN Interactive

More Sports

  • OU Sooners

    Find the latest sports news, schedules and more for the OU Sooners now!

  • OSU Cowboys

    Get all your OSU Cowboys information from sports highlights to the latest news & videos.

  • TU Golden Hurricane

    Follow the TU Golden Hurricane! Get sports scores, news and highlights.

  • ORU Golden Eagles

    ORU Golden Eagles fans can find the latest news on the team, scores and video here!

Powered by Frankly
News 9
7401 N. Kelley Ave.
Oklahoma City, OK 73111
News9.com is proud to provide Oklahomans with timely and relevant news and information, sharing the stories, pictures and loves of Oklahomans across our great state.
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2017 KWTV. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy, and Terms of Service, and Ad Choices.