Trail Blazers pull past Thunder
The Portland Trail Blazers used an impressive performance from C.J. McCollum to push past the Oklahoma City Thunder Tuesday at Chesapeake Energy Arena.
The Trail Blazers were without their main star Damian Lillard, as the 27-year old shooting guard from Oakland, California is still hampered by a nagging calf injury.
McCollum led the way for the Trail Blazers, with the 26-year old point guard from Canton, Ohio scoring a game high 27 points while dishing out seven assists and pulling down three rebounds in the 117-106 triumph.
As a result the visitors jump the hosts in the Western Conference standings, as the Trail Blazers take fifth place with a current record of 22-18. The Thunder are a half game back sitting at a record of 22-19 on the year.
Oklahoma City, 66/1 to win the Western Conference, had a fantastic December bouncing back from a rough start, but the hosts have struggled over the last two weeks winning only two of six games.
Russell Westbrook led the way for the Thunder on Tuesday, as the 29-year old point guard from Long Beach, California picked up a near triple-double scoring a team high 22 points while pulling down nine rebounds and passing out 12 assists for a double-double.
Portland has been hot recently, as the squad from the Pacific Northwest has won four of their past five contests, most of the time shorthanded.
The Trail Blazers will now head to Texas to square off with the Houston Rockets at the Toyota Center in the second contest of a four-game road trip that will also take in the New Orleans Pelicans and the Minnesota Timberwolves.
The Thunder also hit the road to visit the Timberwolves before the Trail Blazers and then carry on to face the Hornets in Charlotte.
The Thunder are 100/1 to win the NBA title this year with the Trail Blazers 4999/1 and the Rockets priced at 13/8.
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