Rewinding the game, we saw Anfernee Simons shine during the match with an exquisite performance that paves the way for the rest of the season. But a lackluster performance by Damian Lillard overshadowed the night as Blazers could not rally past Oklahoma and lost by 3 points. Simons added 26 points with 10 of 17 shooting and 6-of-10 3pointers off the bench in his 29 minutes at Moda Center.
While Thunder combined for 45% from three and 51.2% overall and overpowered Blazers who were without their star performers like CJ McCollum, Jusuf Nurkic, Robert Covington, and Rodney Hood for the night. Blazers are currently 9-7 in the series and could not defeat Oklahoma after defeating New York Knicks recently. They are fifth on the Western Conference standings behind Denver