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Giannis Antetokounmpo dropped 29 points and added 12 rebounds in the victory, which gave Milwaukee a 49-16 record for the season. It was not enough for Portland to avoid a second consecutive defeat and slip to 39-26 for the season, 0.5 games behind the fourth-placed Houston Rockets in the Western Conference standings. "This one was no different".
Westbrook's 3-pointer in overtime put the Thunder up 118-117 and he made a pair of free throws to extend the lead.
The teams battled back and forth through a tight third quarter that saw Oklahoma City take an 85-83 advantage into the final period.
Tempers flared again in the final 30 seconds of regulation.
Nurkic and George were given double technicals, and Nurkic had to watch overtime from the locker room. With Nurkic unavailable to shoot free throws, Thunder coach Billy Donovan had the option to choose any player on Portland's active roster to shoot instead.
Westbrook was also involved in a skirmish with Nurkic as well. It was Nurkic's second of the game, which meant automatic ejection. If he made both shots, he'd be the hero, tying the game with seconds remaining. But Portland was without Nurkic for the rest of the way. "It went back and forth, both teams were going at it, physical game". The difference was overtime.
The Trail Blazers visit the Los Angeles Clippers on Tuesday night. "But that's the reality of it, we've got a quick turnaround".
McCutchen told The Jump that it was indeed a missed call by the crew of Ed Malloy, Mark Lindsay and Mitchell Ervin.
The Thunder had lost five of their previous six games, including a 131-120 loss at the Timberwolves on Tuesday. After a missed layup, Westbrook began to make his way towards the other end of the floor in transition, but he was tripped by Nurkic in the process. In what would turn out to be a crucial play, Nurkic seemed to intentionally trip Westbrook on the way up the court, and Westbrook retaliated by checking Nurkic to the ground.
However, Nurkic insisted the initial contact was accidental, telling reporters after the game: "I may have tripped him, but I didn't do it on objective".
The Blazers led 61-58 at the break, with Lillard leading the way with 21 points.