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Portland snaps OKC Thunder's winning streak in impressive fashion

by Anthony Slater Published: December 5, 2013

— Entering the NBA season, preseason pundits pegged six teams as legitimate contenders in a loaded Western Conference.

The Portland Trail Blazers were not thought to be one of them.

A little more than a month later, while still admittedly early, that narrative is beginning to shift a bit.

And the latest reason came Wednesday night, when the Blazers overcame a double-digit, second half deficit to burst past the Thunder for an impressive 111-104 win.

BOX SCORE: BLAZERS 111, THUNDER 104

The victory broke OKC's league-best eight-game win streak and improved Portland's record to 16-3, stamping them alone atop the West.

“They just got good chemistry,” Kevin Durant said. “They put together a nice group of guys, mixed in some veterans with some young guys and have the kind of core you want to have.”

It was a big win for the Blazers but certainly not their only one of the young season. Portland also has victories over the 15-3 Spurs and 16-2 Pacers.

But Wednesday night's outcome might have been the most impressive, if only because of the exceptional individual performance that backed them.

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by Anthony Slater
Thunder Beat Writer
Anthony Slater started on the Thunder beat in the summer of 2013, joining after two years as NewsOK.com's lead sports blogger and web editor. A native Californian, Slater attended Sonoma State for two years before transferring to Oklahoma State in...
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