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NBA 2018-19: Player Ratings - Portland Trail Blazers vs Oklahoma City Thunder; Westbrook makes history; Lillard impresses; McCollum disappoints again

Shubham Pant
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140   //    12 Feb 2019, 11:40 IST

Oklahoma City Thunder have a unique star in Russell Westbrook
Oklahoma City Thunder have a unique star in Russell Westbrook

The Portland Trail Blazers travel to the Chesapeake Energy Arena to face off against the Oklahoma City Thunder in an exciting game.

Match Details:

Oklahoma City Thunder (37-19) 120-111 Portland Trail Blazers (33-23)

The Oklahoma City Thunder played out a really solid game tonight at home against the Portland Trail Blazers, winning 120-111, thanks to some great offense by Paul George and a record-breaking 10th triple-double for Russell Westbrook.

The Thunder shot 56 percent in the first half to lead 68-49 at the break. The Blazers went on a 7-0 run to cut the lead in the 3rd quarter but the Thunder had enough in the tank to put the game to bed. In the next game, the Thunder travel to New Orleans to face the Pelicans in a tough fixture while the Portland Trail Blazers host a flying Golden State Warriors in an enticing fixture.


Player Ratings:

Russell Westbrook - Oklahoma City Thunder: 8.5/10

The star guard for the Thunder set a new NBA record with his 10th triple-double in a row, scoring 21 points, along with 14 rebounds and 11 assists as well. His shooting still needs a drastic improvement but he had a great game against the Blazers.


Damian Lillard - Portland Trail Blazers: 8.5/10

Portland Trail Blazers v Phoenix Suns
Portland Trail Blazers v Phoenix Suns

Lillard had a really been on a tear all season, which continued against the Thunder too. He led the Blazers in scoring with 31 points, nobody else coming close to his total.

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CJ McCollum - Portland Trail Blazers: 3.5/10

Portland Trail Blazers v Phoenix Suns
Portland Trail Blazers v Phoenix Suns

CJ McCollum has not been playing well of late and it continued today too. He scored just 13 points at 25% from the field. He was not able to get going from beyond the arc too, just 1-7. It is a worrying trend for CJ and the Blazers.


Paul George - Oklahoma City Thunder: 9.5/10

Oklahoma City Thunder v New York Knicks
Oklahoma City Thunder v New York Knicks

Paul George has been the 2nd highest scorer in the NBA this month after Harden and is silently making a case forana MVP title.

He underlined his credentials for the MVP again, scoring 47 points, along with 12 rebounds and 10 assists, getting a triple double. He shot 15-26 from the field too, earning the Man of the Match in our ratings.


Jusuf Nurkic - Portland Trail Blazers: 4.5/10

The big man from the Blazers has been highly inconsistent all season long and this game no different. He could only manage 9 points, shooting less than 30% from the field and was fouled out in 30 minutes.


Steven Adams - Oklahoma City Thunder: 5/10

Oklahoma City Thunder v New York Knicks
Oklahoma City Thunder v New York Knicks

Adams has been playing really well all season, but he was not needed much by the Thunder tonight, offensively or defensively. He took only 7 shots, making 4 of them for 9 points. He will have better nights.


Deonte Burton - Oklahoma City Thunder: 6.5/10 

Burton had one of the best games of his career tonight. The young rookie scored 18 points, 7-9 from the field, staking a claim as a nice scoring option to have from the bench.


Jake Layman - Portland Trail Blazers: 5.5/10

Layman has been a really good role player for the Blazers this season and had a nice night tonight as well. He scored 17 points in 28 minutes, shooting efficiently as well. He seems to have a carved out a nice role for himself in the team.

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