NBA Talk #94: The Portland Trail Blazers secured the win in Game 2
Image Source What's up basketball fans! I am here again @dwin0603 to give you another exciting basketball discussion for another episode of NBA Talk, and today we will have a short recap of the match between the Portland Trail Blazers VS the Oklahoma City Thunder in Game 2 of their best of 7 first round matchup. Let's start! The 3rd seeded Trail Blazers defeated the 6th seed Oklahoma City in Game 2, 114-94 as Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum led the team with their scoring outbursts on Tuesday Night. The Trail Blazers are now leading 2-0 in their playoff series before traveling to Oklahoma City for Games 3 and 4. Game Recap The pressure is on for both teams who both had an early exit in the playoffs last season after they were beaten badly in the first round. The Thunder was beaten by the Jazz while the Blazers were swept by Anthony Davis and the New Orleans Pelicans. Now, both teams are looking for revenge and trying to escape in the first round of the playoffs. Damian Lillard looks hungry as he aggressively attacks the basket every time it's possible. He's looking to be a killer and torture the defense with his handles then finishing hard to the rim. On the other side, Paul George is the man for Oklahoma City scoring consecutive jumpers and also getting close to the basket. He's been playing terrific basketball even though he's nursing an injury in his shoulder. He put up big numbers in Game 1 despite the injury, and here in Game 2, he still has that aggressiveness. Image Source The first period was a close one but in the second, Oklahoma City got it going as they extend their lead to 9 points in the middle of the second quarter. OKC continued their momentum making the lead up to double digits but the Trail Blazers immediately answered making a little run led by Dame, cutting the deficit back down to 4 points. The first half ended with CJ McCollum's buzzer-beating three to tie the game at 54. Portland started to take the lead in the third period but OKC wouldn't let them go away and build a huge lead so they fought back keeping the game close. But in the final minutes of the third, pointless turnovers hurt OKC as the Trail Blazers converted the turnovers into points and ended the third period, 91-75. Portland just kept their pace and composure in the fourth and final period scoring consistently to keep the lead intact. Oklahoma City couldn't contain McCollum as he keeps scoring and dishing to protect the lead even if the Thunder are also scoring on the other side of the floor. The Thunder couldn't keep it close as the Portland Trail Blazers walk away with a huge lead taking home the W, 114-94. Stats CJ McCollum - 33 pts, 8 reb, 5 ast Damian Lillard - 29 pts, 4 reb, 6 ast, 3 stl, 2 blk Maurice Harkless - 14 pts, 9 reb Paul George - 27 pts, 8 reb, 3 ast Russell Westbrook - 14 pts, 9 reb, 11 ast Steven Adams - 16 pts, 9 reb That is all for today folks! I would love to hear your thoughts about this article so drop your comments now and let's have some basketball talk! :) Source