NBA wrap: Oklahoma City Thunder defeats Portland Trail Blazers in OT

It took overtime but Thunder was able to defeat Trail Blazers despite a splendid performance by Damian Lillard.

Damian Lillard   -  (Getty Images)

It took overtime but Thunder was able to defeat Trail Blazers despite a splendid performance by Damian Lillard. Oklahoma City dropped Portland 129-121 in overtime behind 37 points from Russell Westbrook and another 32 from Paul George.

As good as those two were, though, their scores paled in comparison to Lillard's as he dropped 51 on 15-of-28 shooting. This was Lillard's first 50-point game of the season and fifth of his career.

Meanwhile, there is little doubt who the best team in the Eastern Conference is right now. Bucks drove home that it's the best of the best with its 117-98 win over Pacers on Thursday.

Giannis Antetokounmpo dropped 29 points and added 12 rebounds in the victory, which gave Milwaukee a 49-16 record for the season. Pacers, while still a very good team, is now 42-24 and 7 1/2 games back of Bucks.

 

However, the thing to note here is Indiana now leads 76ers by a half game. Philadelphia faces off with Rockets on Friday.

Studs of the Night

Myles Turner scored 22 points and added 17 rebounds and three blocks in the Pacers' loss to Bucks.

Khris Middleton had 27 points, four assists and three steals in Bucks' win.

Dud of the Night

Tyreke Evans signed a USD 12 million contract with Pacers this season. He didn't earn it on Thursday as he went 1-of-6 shooting with three points. The team was minus-12 with him on the floor.

Highlight

A player as big as Antetokounmpo should not be able to move like this.

 

What's Next

Nuggets (43-21) at Warriors (44-20) — A battle between the Western Conference's best teams is actually a fight for first place, as well, as Denver sits just one game back of Warriors for the top spot.

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