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Instant Analysis: Trail Blazers blowout depleted Oklahoma City Thunder

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Saturday night had a feeling of a very lopsided pick-up game.

The Trail Blazers showed off their veteran play and strength against the young and undermanned Oklahoma City Thunder.

Portland jumped out to a 35-19 lead in the first quarter after shooting 48.1 percent from the field.   

And just when the Thunder looked like they were going to get run out of the gym within the first 12 minutes, OKC caught fire from three, but they had also committed 13 turnovers in the first half.

At the break, Portland held a 65-41 lead.

But it was all Blazers all the time in the second half as Portland cruised to a 133-81 victory.

The 48-point margin ties the franchise record for the second biggest victory. 

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When the Trail Blazers took a 30-point lead with 8:24 remaining in the third and CJ McCollum returned out of a timeout with a shuffle dance, it looked extremely bleak for the young Thunder.

And it was. 

The Blazers were without Derrick Jones Jr. (right quad contusion)  and Zach Collins (left ankle stress fracture).

As for OKC, they’ve been playing shorthanded. The Thunder were without  Darius Bazley (shoulder), Mike Muscala (ankle), Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (foot), and Luguentz Dort (concussion protocol).

FINAL BOX SCORE: Trail Blazers 133, Thunder 85  

The Good:  

CJ McCollum showed off his crafty moves on the perimeter and at the rim. He had a game-high 12 points at halftime. McCollum finished with 20 points in 26 minutes of work.

The Blazers didnt allow the Thunder to hang around in the second half. After keeping it fairly close in the first quarter, the Blazers went to work on both ends. Portlands dominant third quarter performance was led by the variety of scoring from McCollum and Norman Powell.

Portlands second unit and young guns got plenty of run in the second half and Harry Giles showed off his range.

The Bad: 

The Thunders bench unit hung around with the Blazers ‘second unit. Through three quarters, Portlands bench had notched 37 points to the Thunders 30.


The Highlight:

Powell was all about the mismatches:

The Stat: 

In the first half, the Blazers committed just three turnovers to the Thunders 13.

Next up: The Trail Blazers will head out on the road to face the LA Clippers Tuesday. The Blazers and Clippers will tip-off at 7:00p.m. PST on NBCSNW, the official network of the Portland Trail Blazers.