Oklahoma City At Portland
When: 10:00 PM
ET, Wednesday, December 4, 2013
Where: Moda Center at the Rose Quarter, Portland, Oregon
After beating the NBA-best Indiana Pacers, the Portland Trail Blazers host another league powerhouse when the Oklahoma City Thunder visit Wednesday. Portland got 28 points from LaMarcus Aldridge and 26 from Damian Lillard to knock off Indiana 106-102 on Monday. Coach Terry Stotts has his team is ready for a test against the Thunder, telling The Oregonian, "I think we're playing with an edge. We're playing like we have something to prove and that's how we need to play."
Oklahoma City has won eight in a row, most recently edging the Kings in Sacramento on Tuesday night. NBA leading scorer Kevin Durant led the Thunder with 27 points and 11 boards against Sacramento - an encore performance to his first triple-double of the season, a 32-point, 12-assist, 10-rebound showing against Minnesota on Sunday. Durant, who was named Western Conference Player of the Month on Tuesday, has had seven 30-point games already.
TV: 10 p.m. ET, FSN Oklahoma, KGW-TV (Portland)
ABOUT THE THUNDER (13-3): Russell Westbrook, who has missed three games with knee issues, complements Durant's impressive totals, averaging 20.6 points for Oklahoma City. Serge Ibaka adds 13.9 points and a team-high 9.5 rebounds. The Thunder are looking to establish some consistency away from home as Durant explained to The Oklahoman before kicking off the current road trip, saying, "It's very fortunate that we were able to be home for almost two weeks. It was a good stretch and it's time to take it on the road."
ABOUT THE TRAIL BLAZERS (15-3): Portland's success against Indiana came despite a season-low five 3-pointers, as Aldridge became the focal point of the offense and the Blazers tied a season high with 29 successful free throw tries on 33 attempts. Aldridge leads Portland, averaging 22.7 points and 9.6 rebounds, while Lillard adds 20.6 points and a team-high 5.7 assists. Wesley Matthews is shooting 51 percent from 3-point range to lead the Blazers, who are among the top five teams in the league in proficiency from behind the arc.
1. Portland's 15-3 start is its best since an identical start to the 1998-99 season.
2. Oklahoma City is 10-2 over the last three seasons against the Blazers and has won seven in a row in the series.
3. Aldridge is one of only four players this season to score 24 points or more at least 10 times.
PREDICTION: Trail Blazers 107, Thunder 100
Stats and Records
Portland Off vs
Oklahoma City Def
104.7 Points For
98.9 Points Against