LaMarcus Aldridge scored 38 points and grabbed 13 rebounds, becoming the first player in the NBA this season to put up those numbers as the Portland Trail Blazers (16-3) defeated the Oklahoma City Thunder (13-14) by a final score of 111-104 on Wednesday night.
Portland actually trailed OKC 59-48 at halftime, but went on to outscore Kevin Durant (33 points and seven rebounds) and company 35-21 in the third quarter (Aldridge had 16 of his 38 points in the period) to retake the lead.
This victory snapped an eight-game losing streak against the Thunder.
Robin Lopez had a double-double of 12 points and 10 rebounds, while Nicolas Batum had 14 points and six rebounds, including a crucial three-pointer late in the fourth quarter that helped seal the deal for the Trail Blazers.
The team's ability to move the ball effectively and not turn the ball over in the process was key. Portland had 22 assists and just 11 turnovers. In comparison, the Thunder wound up with more turnovers (13) than assists (11).
With this win, Portland has now defeated three of the top teams in the league (Indiana Pacers, San Antonio Spurs and Oklahoma City Thunder) to begin the season.
Are you a believer yet?
FINAL SCORE: Portland Trail Blazers 111, Oklahoma City Thunder 104
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