Though Westbrook's grudge with Lillard is well-known, it was Jusuf Nurkic who found himself tangling with old Russ early on.
After posting 18 points and nine assists through the first three quarters, the Trail Blazers captain got to be a spectator for the final frame as Portland closed out a 127-120 win over one of the NBA's bottom feeders.
"They just have to worry about their team, and not worry about ours", Westbrook said.
Well, this year, they've got reinforcements. We know we're going to be imperfect at times, you know. The 9-point loss to the Grizzlies on Tuesday night hurt them a bit in the standings and made this game against the Thunder a near-must-win. Westbrook split a pair at the line to make it 124-119, then George made two foul shots for a seven-point lead with 55.7 seconds on the clock. Nurkic received a technical foul for the dispute. Oklahoma City overcame Portland shooting a season-high 47 free throws, also the most by any Thunder opponent this season.
George appeared to utter a few words towards the Trail Blazers' big man, who reacted by placing his forehead on George's. "That's part of the game to interact with the fans, good or bad", the eight-time All-Star told TNT during an on-court interview.
Milwaukee, which improved to an NBA-best 49-16, was coming off back-to-back losses to Utah and Phoenix after opening a five-game road trip with three victories. Paul George was the West's Player of the Month for February. The Blazers return to the comforts of home after a hefty road slate, while the Thunder need to return to form and reverse their recent slump. He was once a starter in NY, but fell out of the rotation when the team turned its focus to younger players.
For years, the Portland Trail Blazers have been a two-man band with Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum forming one of the best backcourts in the National Basketball Association. Kanter came into Thursday's game to a rousing ovation with 3:56 to go in the first quarter. But on Saturday, McCollum let on that he's peaked ahead at the Blazers challenging upcoming trip, noting Tuesday's meeting with the Clippers would be the beginning of a tough trio of games.
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