National Basketball Association
Oklahoma City 87, Portland 83
When: 9:00 PM ET, Sunday, January 13, 2013
Where: Rose Garden, Portland, Oregon
Officials: #45 Brian Forte, #20 Leroy Richardson, #15 Bennett Salvatore
Attendance: 20423
Thunder 87, Trail Blazers 83: Kevin Durant scored 13 of his 33 points in the third quarter and shorthanded Oklahoma City fought off a late charge by host Portland to earn its third straight win.

The Trail Blazers cut a 10-point deficit down to one in the final seconds but J.J. Hickson missed a go-ahead layup attempt and LaMarcus Aldridge failed to connect from 19 feet with 1.7 seconds left before Russell Westbrook put the game away with a pair of free throws. Aldridge finished with 33 points and 11 rebounds to lead Portland.

Westbrook struggled to 18 points on 5-of-21 shooting but chipped in nine assists and eight rebounds while DeAndre Liggins scored 11 points in a rare start for the Thunder, who were missing starters Serge Ibaka (chest contusion) and Thabo Sefolosha (neck).

Westbrook went 3-for-14 in the first half as Portland snuck a 43-42 lead into the break. Westbrook focused on getting his teammates shots in the third quarter and assisted on early buckets by Durant and Nick Collison as Oklahoma City grabbed the lead.

The Thunder went up by as many as 11 points in the third and took a 68-59 lead into the final quarter when Durant buried a jumper as time expired in the period. Westbrook’s 3-pointer with 3:34 left in the game made it an 84-74 lead before the Blazers chipped away.

GAME NOTEBOOK: Oklahoma City recalled C Daniel Orton and F Perry Jones III from the D-League to fill in for Ibaka and Sefolosha. … The Blazers struggled to 36 percent shooting overall and went 6-of-21 from 3-point range. … Nicolas Batum was the only other player to reach double figures for Portland with 21 points. Rookie Damian Lillard, who went for 37 points on Friday, was held to nine on 3-of-14 shooting.
Top Game Performances
Oklahoma City   Portland
Kevin Durant 33 Scoring LaMarcus Aldridge 33
Russell Westbrook 9 Assists Damian Lillard 9
Kendrick Perkins 12 Rebounds LaMarcus Aldridge 11
Kevin Durant 7 Free Throws Made Nicolas Batum 6
Kendrick Perkins 2 Steals Nicolas Batum 1
Kevin Durant 2 Blocks LaMarcus Aldridge 2
Team Stats Summary
Team Points FG% 3PM-3PA FTM-FTA Assists Rebounds Blocks Steals Turnovers
Oklahoma City 87 45.1 6-23 17-22 20 43 3 6 16
Portland 83 36.0 6-21 15-18 17 42 6 3 12
Upcoming Games
  • Portland will play their next game on the road against Denver. The Trail Blazers have a W/L % of .550 after a win and .529 after a loss.
  • Oklahoma City will play their next game on the road against Phoenix. The Thunder have a W/L % of .759 after a win and .875 after a loss.