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NBA playoffs: Recapping the Thunder-Trail Blazers regular-season series

The Thunder went 4-0 against the Trail Blazers this season:

Jan. 4, Thunder 111-109: The Thunder beat the Trail Blazers in Portland for the first time since 2014. OKC closed the third quarter on a 7-0 run to claim a 93-87 lead heading into the final period, and Paul George and Russell Westbrook each finished the game with more than 30 points.

Jan. 22, Thunder 123-114: In the first game on OKC turf, Portland never led by more than two points. Blazers guard Damian Lillard turned on the heroics in the fourth quarter to cut the Thunder’s advantage to three points, but consistent free-throw shooting by Westbrook and George put Portland away.

Feb. 11, Thunder 120-111: In the midst of a strong MVP campaign, George scored 47 points on 26 shots in the Thunder’s most definitive win over the Trail Blazers of the season. Portland had the advantage in the paint (50-42), but OKC outscored the Blazers 23-10 on fast breaks.

March 7, Thunder 129-121 OT: After going 2-5 out of the All-Star break, OKC needed a win. It got one in a thrilling overtime battle at the Moda Center. In a game that had 23 lead changes, the Thunder outscored the Blazers 16-8 in overtime to complete the regular-season sweep.

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<strong>Oklahoma City's Russell Westbrook (0) shoots over Portland's Damian Lillard (0) during the Thunder's win Jan. 22 at Chesapeake Energy Arena. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman]</strong>

Oklahoma City's Russell Westbrook (0) shoots over Portland's Damian Lillard (0) during the Thunder's win Jan. 22 at Chesapeake Energy Arena. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman]

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Maddie Lee

Maddie Lee followed an NBA team from Seattle to Oklahoma City, she just took a 10-year detour in between. Lee joined the Oklahoman in October 2018 as a Thunder beat writer, fresh off a stint in Oxford, Miss., where she covered Ole Miss for the... Read more ›

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