OKC Thunder: Blazers' duo of Raymond Felton and LaMarcus Aldridge outshine OKC's Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook

Oklahoma City was held to 34 percent shooting in the second half as it dropped its second straight game.
by Darnell Mayberry Published: January 3, 2012
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Meanwhile, the Thunder was stuck in mud.

Durant had a horrid night, scoring just 19 points on 8-for-26 shooting. He was 1-for-5 in the fourth quarter. Westbrook finished with 22 points, eight assists and six rebounds but went 8-for-18 and allowed Felton to find seams rather seamlessly.

“They were being a lot more aggressive than usual, feeling that that's the scouting report on us,” said Daequan Cook, who returned after a one-game absence due to illness, of the Blazers' defense.

Portland did a particularly good job at cutting Durant off. The Blazers clogged the paint each time Durant caught the ball and shut off his lane to the basket. With forward Gerald Wallace providing physical defense on Durant to start, the Blazers backed up Wallace with four sets of eyes all monitoring Durant's every move.

As the game went along, Durant, who started 2-for-9, never found his rhythm and ultimately began settling for outside shots.

“That's what every team does,” Durant said. “But I still find a way. I got some good looks, actually, shots that I've been working on. Some didn't fall. But they do a great job on defense. I can't take nothing away from them.”

James Harden, who started in place of an ill Thabo Sefolosha, was the only other Thunder player to score in double digits. He finished with 23 points, three shy of tying his career-high, on 7-for-13 shooting.

But the Thunder's offense bogged down in the second half after OKC led by two at the break. The Blazers outscored the Thunder 52-40 after intermission.

“It just tells us one thing,” said Thunder coach Scott Brooks, “that we have to get better.”

by Darnell Mayberry
OKC Thunder Senior Reporter
Darnell Mayberry grew up in Langston, Okla. and is now in his third stint in the Sooner state. After a year and a half at Bishop McGuinness High, he finished his prep years in Falls Church, Va., before graduating from Norfolk State University in...
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