Blazers Vs. Thunder: Oklahoma City Clinches Playoff Berth With 99-90 Win

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Blazers Vs. Thunder Final Score: OKC Clinches Playoff Spot With 99-90 Win

Russell Westbrook hit a game-sealing three-pointer late in the fourth quarter, and the Oklahoma City Thunder overcame a 40-point effort from Portland’s Gerald Wallace to clinch a playoff spot with a 99-90 win over the Trail Blazers.

Westbrook finished with 28 points, seven rebounds and seven assists for the Thunder, who improved to 4-1 on their six-game homestand. Kevin Durant scored 21 points but made just 5-of-18 shots.

The Thunder have now won 9 of 10 and 12 of their last 14 games. Oklahoma City leads the Northwest Division by 4 1/2 games over idle Denver. They’re looking to win their first division crown since coming to Oklahoma City from Seattle.

LaMarcus Aldridge donated 20 points for Portland, which fell 6 1/2 games behind the Thunder in the division standings but remain sixth in the Western Conference.

For more post-game discussion, head on over to OKC blog Welcome To Loud City or Portland blog Blazer’s Edge.

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Blazers Vs. Thunder Score: Kevin Durant Puts Oklahoma City Up, 21-20, After One Quarter

Kevin Durant scored seven points in the first quarter to put the Oklahoma City Thunder up, 21-20, over the Portland Trail Blazers after the first quarter. He shot 3-of-7 from the field. Kendrick Perkins grabbed three rebounds, but also turned the ball over twice.

Russell Westbrook scored four points, pulled down three boards and dished the ball out for three assists. Thabo Sefolosha missed all four of his shots, including two three-pointers. Serge Ibaka nailed all three of his shots for six points and was around the glass for two rebounds.

For the Blazers, Gerald Wallace shot 80 percent from the field, scoring eight points. Marcus Camby grabbed half of the team's 10 rebounds. LaMarcus Aldridge contributed six points, but turned the ball over three times to the Thunder. They hold a 47.4-42.9 shooting percentage edge over the Thunder after the first quarter.

For Blazers analysis, visit Blazersedge. For more on the Thunder, check out Welcome To Loud City.

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Blazers Vs. Thunder: Portland Hopes For Road Sparks In Oklahoma City

The Oklahoma City Thunder have gotten hot at the right time, having won 11 of 13 in March. The Portland Trail Blazers are showing signs of virility, too, with a mammoth comeback win over the San Antonio Spurs on Friday. The teams meet in OKC on Sunday, with the Thunder trying to clinch a playoff spot and the Blazers hoping to take their home magic on the road.

The Blazers have won six straight at home, including Friday's 98-96 victory over the incredible Spurs. But Portland has lost three straight road games dating back to March 11. After knocking off the Heat in Miami convincingly on March 8, the Blazers have dropped road games to the Bobcats, Hawks and Lakers. The Thunder, then, pose a tough challenge.

There's also the matter of the Thunder having tipped the Blazers twice already this season, with the teams' season series wrapping up next weekend with a fourth game. While the Blazers have no hopes of catching OKC for the division title or a top-4 seed, given the possibility the teams could match up in the first round, Portland would certainly like to prove to itself that it can stop and counter Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook.

The Blazers are 1.5 games behind the Nuggets for the No. 5 seed. The Thunder are virtually assured the No. 4. With all due respect to the Thunder, they'd seem a more permeable first-round matchup than the No. 3 Dallas Mavericks (or Los Angeles Lakers, should they stutter). The Nuggets and Blazers will each push hard for that No. 5 seed.

A win over the Thunder, then, would give the Blazers a boost of confidence and a step in the right direction in terms of seeding. The game is on ESPN at 8 p.m. ET. For Blazers analysis, visit Blazersedge. For more on the Thunder, check out Welcome To Loud City.

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