Midweek Hoops In OKC As The Trail Blazers And Thunder Run It Back

PORTLAND TRAIL BLAZERS (17-14) at OKLAHOMA CITY THUNDER (13-18)
Dec. 21, 2022 — Paycom Center — 5:00 pm PST
Regular Season Game #32 — Away Game #19
TV: Root Sports Plus
RADIO: Rip City Radio 620 AM

SERIES HISTORY

ALL TIME: Thunder lead, 128-120

PORTLAND HOME: Trail Blazers lead, 79-46

OKLAHOMA CITY HOME: Thunder lead, 82-41

SERIES NOTES

  • Portland and Oklahoma City will meet for the second time of the regular season on Dec. 21 in Oklahoma City.
  • MONDAY NIGHT: The Trail Blazers fell to the Thunder by a final score of 123-121 on Dec. 19. Damian Lillard passed Clyde Drexler as the leading scorer in franchise history that night.
  • LAST SEASON: Portland lost the 2021-22 season series against Oklahoma City, 0-4.
  • Last season against the Thunder, Jerami Grant averaged 20.5 points, 5.5 rebounds, 5.0 assists and 1.0 block.
  • In 35 career games against Oklahoma City, Damian Lillard has scored 20-plus points 24 times, including a 51-point performance on March 7, 2019.

NEWS AND NOTES

LEADING SCORER IN FRANCHISE HISTORY: Damian Lillard passed Clyde Drexler (18,040) as the leader scorer in franchise history on Dec. 19 at Oklahoma City, hitting a free throw with 1:33 left in the third quarter to reach 18,041 points. He entered the 2022-23 season with 17,665 career points.

TRIPLE THREAT: Portland has three players averaging 20 or more points this season: Damian Lillard (28.3), Anfernee Simons (23.2) and Jerami Grant (22.0). The Trail Blazers have never had a season in which three players were averaging
20-plus points.

DEADLY FROM DISTANCE: The Trail Blazers rank first in the NBA in three-point field goal percentage at 38.9%.

SIXTH IN STEALS: With two steals on Dec. 17 at Houston, Damian Lillard passed Clifford Robinson to move up to the No. 6 spot for most career steals in franchise history with 697.

Players with Most Steals in Franchise History:

  1. Clyde Drexler 1,795
  2. Terry Porter 1,182
  3. Jerome Kersey 1,059
  4. Jim Paxson 857
  5. Larry Steele 846
  6. Damian Lillard 698
  7. Clifford Robinson 696
  8. Lionel Hollins 598
  9. Bob Gross 593
  10. Damon Stoudamire 556

SHOOTERS SHOOT: Damian Lillard passed Jamal Crawford to move up to the No. 8 spot for all-time career 3PM on Dec. 17 at Houston. He entered the night with 2,218 career threes and now has 2,229. He’s third among active players.

NBA All-Time Leaders for Career 3PM:

  1. Stephen Curry 3248
  2. Ray Allen 2973
  3. James Harden 2631
  4. Reggie Miller 2560
  5. Kyle Korver 2450
  6. Vince Carter 2290
  7. Jason Terry 2282
  8. Damian Lillard 2229
  9. Jamal Crawford 2221
  10. LeBron James 2189

MILESTONE MOMENT: On Dec. 17 at Houston, Damian Lillard surpassed 18,000 career points. Dame became the 77th player in NBA history to record 18,000 or more career points.

ON A HOT STREAK: In a 128-112 win at San Antonio on Dec. 14, Damian Lillard finished with 37 points, marking his fourth-straight game scoring 35-plus points and tying Joel Embiid for the longest such streak in the NBA this season.

HALFTIME HIGH: The Trail Blazers led 73-57 at the half in San Antonio, marking the highest scoring first half of the season.

100 TRIPLES: Anfernee Simons hit his 100th three of the season on Dec. 12 vs. Minnesota, becoming the youngest player in NBA history with 100-plus 3PM in his first 25 games of a season.

DAME DOLLA: Damian Lillard shot 11-17 from three in a 133-112 win vs. Minnesota on Dec. 12, marking the most 3PM in an NBA game this season and tying his career high.

Dame has now hit 11 3PM in three career games (12/12/22 vs. MIN, 8/6/20 at DEN, 1/20/20 vs. GSW), which is the franchise record for most 3PM in a game.

RAINING THREES: Damian Lillard shot 8-10 from three in the first half on Dec. 12 vs. Minnesota, marking the most 3PM in a half this season in the NBA. His eight 3PM also set a franchise record for 3PM in the first half.

There have been seven halves in the league this season in which a player has had seven-plus 3PM, and Dame and Anfernee Simons have four of them.

Players With Seven-Plus 3PM in a Half this Season:
Damian Lillard 2 (12/12 vs. MIN, Dec. 8 vs. DEN)
Anfernee Simons 2 (12/3 at UTA, 10/28 vs. HOU)
Grayson Allen 1 (11/27 vs. DAL)
Tyrese Maxey 1 (10/28 at TOR)
Desmond Bane 1 (10/24 vs. BKN)

MOVING ON UP: On Dec. 14 at San Antonio, Damian Lillard passed Lou Hudson (17,940), Calvin Murphy (17,949) and World B. Free (17,955) on the NBA’s all-time scoring list to move up to the No. 77 spot. He entered the night at No. 80 with 17,934 points and entered the season at No. 85 with 17,665 career points.

NBA All-Time Scoring List (Nos. 70-80):

  1. Mark Aguirre 18458
  2. Dolph Schayes 18438
  3. Rick Barry 18395
  4. Tracy McGrady 18381
  5. Julius Erving 18364
  6. Glen Rice 18336
  7. Dave Bing 18327
  8. Damian Lillard 17995
  9. World B. Free 17955
  10. Calvin Murphy 17949
  11. Lou Hudson 17940

LILLARD AT THE LINE: Damian Lillard shot 15-15 from the free throw line on Dec. 8 vs. Minnesota, becoming the fourth player this season to make 15-plus free throws without a miss (Embiid, Booker, Gilgeous-Alexander). It was Dame’s eighth career game making 15-plus free throws without a miss, tying the third most in NBA history.

LAST FIVE GAMES

Trail Blazers 121, Thunder 123 — December 19, 2022 — Paycom Center — Game #31 (17-14, 10-8 Away)

Portland fell to Oklahoma City by a final score of 123-121 … Damian Lillard posted a team-high 28 points (9-17 FG, 6-12 3P, 4-4 FT) to go along with three rebounds, six assists and one steal in 39 minutes as he passed Clyde Drexler as the leading scorer in franchise history … Jerami Grant tallied 26 points (10-18 FG, 1-5 3P, 5-7 FT), eight rebounds, three assists and two steals in 42 minutes … Anfernee Simons finished with 19 points (7-16 FG, 5-10 3P), four rebounds and one steal in 35 minutes … Josh Hart logged 13 points (4-8 FG, 1-2 3P, 4-4 FT), eight rebounds and six assists in 32 minutes … Shai Gilgeous-Alexander led the Thunder with 35 points and six assists in 36 minutes.

Trail Blazers 107, Rockets 95 — December 17, 2022 — Toyota Center — Game #30 (17-13, 10-7 Away)

The Trail Blazers defeated the Rockets by a final score of 107-95 … Damian Lillard recorded 25 points (7-20 FG, 5-13 3P, 6-8 FT), three rebounds, 10 assists and two steals in 33 minutes, surpassing 18,000 career points … Anfernee Simons logged a game-high 32 points (11-21 FG, 5-14 3P, 5-5 FT) to go along with two assists and one steal in 33 minutes … Jusuf Nurkic tallied 14 points (6-11 FG, 1-1 3P, 1-2 FT), five rebounds, two assists and one block in 27 minutes … Josh Hart posted 12 points (5-6 FG, 1-1 3P, 1-1 FT) and 13 rebounds in 31 minutes … Jalen Green led Houston with 15 points in 31 minutes to go along with five rebounds and four assists.

Trail Blazers 110, Mavericks 110 — December 16, 2022 — American Airlines Center — Game #29 (16-13, 9-7 Away)

Portland fell to Dallas by a final score of 130-110 … Damian Lillard tallied a team-high 24 points (6-14 FG, 3-8 3P, 9-10 FT) to go along with three assists in 24 minutes … Trendon Watford recorded 16 points (5-8 FG, 2-3 3P, 4-5 FT), 11 rebounds, six assists and two steals in 24 minutes … Jusuf Nurkic posted 16 points (6-8 FG, 1-1 3P, 3-5 FT), six rebounds and one steal in 22 minutes … Shaedon Sharpe finished with 10 points (4-12 FG, 2-5 3P) in 29 minutes … Luka Dončić led the Mavericks with a game-high 33 points to go along with six rebounds and nine assists in 29 minutes.

Trail Blazers 128, Spurs 112 — December 14, 2022 — AT&T Center — Game #28 (16-12, 9-6 Away)

The Trail Blazers defeated the Spurs by a final score of 128-112 … Damian Lillard recorded a game-high 37 points (14-23 FG, 7-14 3P, 2-2 FT) to go along with five rebounds, eight assists and two steals in 36 minutes … Anfernee Simons posted 23 points (9-15 FG, 5-9 3P), three rebounds and four assists in 33 minutes … Jerami Grant finished with 18 points (7-13 FG, 2-6 3P, 2-3 FT), four rebounds, one steal and one block in 35 minutes … Jusuf Nurkic tallied 15 points (5-8 FG, 0-1 3P, 5-7 FT), seven rebounds, six assists and one block in 30 minutes … Portland shot 60.5% from the field and 45% from distance … Keldon Johnson led San Antonio with 25 points in 33 minutes.

Trail Blazers 133, Timberwolves 112 — December 12, 2022 — Moda Center — Game #27 (15-12, 7-6 Home)

Portland defeated Minnesota by a final score of 133-112 … Damian Lillard posted a game-high 38 points (13-21 FG, 11-17 3P, 1-1 FT) and three assists in 29 minutes … Jerami Grant recorded 24 points (7-12 FG, 3-6 3P, 7-7 FT), three rebounds and one block in 32 minutes … Jusuf Nurkic logged 14 points (4-8 FG, 0-2 3P, 6-9 FT), 16 rebounds, four assists and one steal in 25 minutes … The Trail Blazers shot 53.9% from the field and 45.7% from three … Portland outrebounded Minnesota 54-37 … D’Angelo Russell led the Timberwolves with 23 points … Rudy Gobert put up a double-double for Minnesota with 16 points and 20 rebounds.

INJURY REPORT

Josh Hart (Left Ankle Sprain), Jerami Grant (Back Spasms), Drew Eubanks (Right Hip Contusion), and Damian Lillard (Left Wrist Sprain) are listed as PROBABLE, Jusuf Nurkic (Right Calf Soreness) is QUESTIONALBLE, and Nassir Little (Right Femoral Head Impaction Fracture) and Gary Payton II (Return to Competition Reconditioning) are OUT.

For the Thunder, Darius Bazley (Non-Covid Illness), Ousmane Dieng (Right Wrist Fracture), Josh Giddey (Non-Covid Illness), Chet Holmgren (Right Foot Surgery), Tre Mann (G League), Jeremiah Robinson-Earl (Right Ankle Sprain), and Jaylin Williams (G League) are OUT.

BROADCAST INFORMATION

Tip for Wednesday’s game is scheduled for 5:00 pm PT. All Portland Trail Blazers regular season and preseason games will be broadcast on the Trail Blazers Broadcasting flagship station, Rip City Radio 620 AM. Travis Demers begins his fourth full season providing play-by-play commentary for all home and away games, with Michael Holton adding commentary.

On television, ROOT SPORTS PLUS will air 81 Trail Blazers regular season games featuring Kevin Calabro calling play-by-play, Lamar Hurd providing analysis and Brooke Olzendam reporting from the sideline. Between ROOT SPORTS PLUS, TNT and ESPN, all 82 regular season games will be televised. For all viewing options, visit www.trailblazers.com/watch.