Camby's Big Night Helps Blazers Quiet Thunder, Maintain Sixth Spot In West

Kevin Durant has 21 points on just seven shots as the Thunder lead the Blazers by eight at halftime in a crucial game for playoff positioning. Follow along here for updates throughout the game, and for even more, visit our team blogs, Welcome to Loud City and Blazersedge.

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Camby, Miller Make Up For Roy's Absence In Blazers' 104-93 Win Over Thunder

Portland, OR (Sports Network) – Without Brandon Roy, Portland turned to a pair of veterans to will out an important victory for playoff seeding, as Marcus Camby scored 30 points with 13 rebounds and Andre Miller added 22 points and seven assists in the Trail Blazers’ 103-95 victory over Oklahoma City.

Roy got bad news before the game, a diagnosis that revealed a partially torn meniscus in his right knee. He will rest for several days for determining whether or not he will play through the injury during the playoffs or have surgery that requires a four-to-six week recovery.

In the present, Portland got over the hump thanks to Camby, Miller and solid games from LaMarcus Aldridge and Nicolas Batum, who scored 15 and 12 points, respectively. The Trail Blazers are tied with San Antonio for sixth position in the Western Conference playoff race, one game in front of eighth-place Oklahoma City.

Kevin Durant scored a team-best 30 points, Jeff Green added 17, James Harden chipped in with 12 and Russell Westbrook tallied 11 to go along with seven rebounds. With the loss, the Thunder are locked into the final position in the playoff picture and will face the Los Angeles Lakers in the first round.

Portland trailed 51-43 at the half, but stormed out of the gates with the first 10 points of the third capped by Miller’s short running jumper for a 53-51 lead. Back and forth the teams went in the remainder of the period, with Durant’s three giving the visitors a 61-58 lead, but a free throw from Rudy Fernandez followed by a Jerryd Bayless layup handed the Trail Blazers a 73-71 edge heading into the fourth quarter.

It was there that the young Thunder struck the first blow, taking a 78-75 lead on a Green three and mid-range jumper, capping a quick 7-0 start to the quarter. Harden drained a trey moments later for an 84-79 lead, but Camby’s slam off a Miller assist put the home team back in front, 85-84, with just under seven minutes to play.

The key series of possessions occurred moments later after Durant’s short bucket squared the game at 88-88. Portland scored the next 12 points, as Oklahoma City went over three minutes without a point. Camby’s tip-in off a Batum miss punctuate the surge that put the game out of reach.

Portland held an early 15-8 edge, but the Thunder reeled off the final 10 points of the period capped by Durant’s three-pointer for a 28-22 edge.

Portland made 50 percent of its shots, but just 3-of-15 from long distance, while the Thunder connected on 46.9 shots from the floor…The game featured 16 ties and 10 lead changes…Thunder forward Nick Collison was whistled for a flagrant foul on Aldridge in the fourth period.

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