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Moses Brown has career night for OKC to help Blazers avoid the Clippers

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The Trail Blazers took care of business on Sunday to clinch a playoff berth for the eighth season in a row, beating the Nuggets, 132-116.

The win guaranteed either the No.5 or No.6 seed, but playoff opponents were unknown. The only thing Portland knew was that they would be playing either the Nuggets again or the Los Angeles Clippers. 

As the night went on, it became a little clearer as the Dallas Mavericks were getting blown out and the Lakers were up double-digits. With that, all eyes turned to Oklahoma City. 

With the Thunder facing the Clippers, the outcome of the game would decide the Blazers opponent. A Clippers win and Portland would play LA. A Clippers loss and it was on to Denver. 

The Clippers sat stars Kawhi Leonard and Paul George, but they were taking on the 21-50 Thunder, the second-worst team in the Western Conference. No one really gave OKC a chance... but former Trail Blazers center Moses Brown wasn't about to let his team go down without a fight. 

Brown signed a two-way contract with the Blazers last season and played in just nine games. He averaged 1.2 points and 1.6 rebounds in those games. That small sample size was not indicative of what Moses was capable of and he put his talents on full display against the Clippers. 

Brown absolutely went off. The former Trail Blazer put up career-high 24 points... but that wasn't all. He also added 18 rebounds and career-highs with 7 blocks and 3 assists. 

 

Brown nearly had a triple-double with blocks! Impressive. 

To put it in perspective, Brown totaled 11 points, 14 rebounds, 1 block, and 1 assist during his entire time in Portland.

Once a Blazers, always a Blazers. On Sunday, Brown made that statement stand true by helping his former team avoid the Clippers in the first round of the playoffs. 

Hey Moses, Rip City thanks you.