It’s tough to sustain the pressure they had, Duchene said. We kind of just held the fort and (Anderson) had some big saves and we ended up getting those two (goals) late.
I’ve been through it, through tough shooting nights, George said. Melo has been through tough shooting nights. That’s the least of my concerns and the least of his concerns, I’m sure of it. That’s all going to come. My job is just to continue to keep going. Continue to stay in attack mode. I’ll get in a rhythm here eventually where I’ll feel good on a nightly basis but I will continue to be aggressive out there.
Westbrook had 17 points, 10 rebounds and 11 assists in the 99th triple-double of his career for the Thunder, who moved into fourth place in the Western Conference standings. Oklahoma City is now a season-high 11 games above .500.
Thunder center Steven Adams left the game in the third quarter with a left hip contusion and did not return. Just two days earlier against San Antonio, he hurt his left ankle in the third quarter and did not return.
Jusuf Nurkic added 27 points and 16 rebounds for the Blazers, who have the longest current winning streak in the NBA and a two-game lead over Oklahoma City for the No. 3 seed in the Western Conference.
After Lillard put the finishing touches on the win, Spoelstra said Portland’s All-Star deserves a little more recognition league-wide.
I don’t know if there is any other player in this league right now that is playing at a higher level than Lillard, Spoelstra said. You know the names in the MVP conversation. The way he’s playing right now and winning, he deserves to be in that conversation as well.
If this game is anything like the last time these teams played, it will be a track meet on skates. The Jets led 3-1 and 5-3 on Feb. 27 in Manitoba, but Nashville stormed from behind and won 6-5 as Ryan Hartman deflected the tie-breaker home in the last minute of his first game with his new team.