Thunder vs. Trail Blazers – Game Recap – March 28, 2022

PORTLAND, Ore. — Isaiah Roby scored a career-high 30 points on 11-of-13 shooting and the Oklahoma City Thunder rallied in overtime to beat the Portland Trail Blazers 134-131 Monday night.

Aaron Wiggins added a career-high 28 points for the Thunder, which remains second-to-last in the Western Conference with losses in 11 of its last 13 games.

Ben McLemore had 28 points off the bench, including eight 3-pointers, for the Trail Blazers. Portland has lost four straight and sits outside the playoffs 12th in the West.

Wiggins’ layup gave the Thunder a 118-117 lead in overtime before McLemore’s 3-pointer for Portland. Theo Maledon answered with a 3 for Oklahoma City, but Drew Eubanks’ dunk gave the Blazers a 122-121 advantage.

Roby’s 3-pointer and a dunk extended the Thunder’s lead to 126-122. Roby added a layup after Brandon Williams’ basket for the Blazers, and Oklahoma City held on.

Eubanks finished with a career-high 27 points and 14 rebounds.

Portland’s biggest lead was 91-81 early in the fourth quarter, but it closed on the regulation streak. Roby hit a 3-pointer for the Thunder that tied it at 115 with 5.4 seconds left and Keon Johnson missed a 3 at the buzzer for Portland.

The Blazers only had eight players available. Damian Lillard underwent abdominal surgery in January and was ruled out for the season, while Anfernee Simons (left knee) and Jusuf Nurkic (left foot) continue to be ruled out.

Portland said rookie forward Trendon Watford suffered a bone bruise to his left femur in the team’s 115-98 home loss to Houston. Fellow rookie Greg Brown III had a corneal abrasion in his left eye.

The Thunder also only played eight players. Before the game, coach Mark Daigneault said guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander will miss the rest of the season with right ankle pain.

Gilgeous-Alexander has averaged 24.5 points, five rebounds and 5.9 assists in 56 games this season. Daigneault said there was no reason to bring Gilgeous-Alexander back because there are so few games left in the season.

The Blazers led 61-58 at the break after a surprisingly competitive first half, considering all the injuries.

The Thunder led by up to seven points in the first half, but Portland were able to stay close and finally took a late lead when McLemore’s 3-pointer made it 60-58.

McLemore hit another 3 to put Portland ahead 83-78 in the third quarter.

ADVICE

Thunder: Tre Mann (right hamstring strain) was a late scratch. … F Darius Bazley will not play for the rest of the season with a broken right knee. Bazley was averaging 10.8 points and 6.3 rebounds.

Trail Blazers: ESPN has reported that the Blazers plan to sign forward Reggie Perry to a tough 10-day contract. Portland has not announced the deal. … Williams made four 3-pointers in the first half, surpassing his previous career high of three.

FOLLOWING

Thunder: Host Atlanta on Wednesday.

Trail Blazers: Host New Orleans on Wednesday.

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