Published: Mon, April 15, 2019
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Damian Lillard Calls Enes Kanter 'The MVP' Of Game 1

Damian Lillard Calls Enes Kanter 'The MVP' Of Game 1

Meanwhile, the Portland Trailblazers got swept by the Thunder in the regular season, but you wouldn't know that from the way they played as they stormed out of the gates with 39 points in the first quarter, started by Damian Lillard who drained a deep 3-pointer from 30-feet just seconds after tipoff. The Blazers went on to take the 104-99 victory, led by Lillard's 30 points, McCollum's 24 points, and a 20-point, 18-rebound double-double for Enes Kanter.

The Trail Blazers and Thunder will return to action on Wednesday for Game 2.

After trailing by as many as 19 points in the first half, Oklahoma City pulled within as 93-92 on George's 3-pointer with 2:44 left. Westbrook led the way for OKC, finishing with 24 points, 10 rebounds, and 10 assists on 8-of-17 shooting.

Kanter was definitely key to Portland's game one victory, and he could very well be a huge part of their playoff run moving forward. Paul George, who was a game-time decision because of a sore shoulder, added 26 points and 10 rebounds after a slow start.

George says he's going to do everything he can to get as close to 100 percent as he can and hopes to play.

It was the first post-season meeting between the teams since the Thunder moved from Seattle to Oklahoma City. That's why it was concerning to hear George talk after the game about the health of his shoulder and how Game 1 was the first time he'd shot in days after not being able to lift his shoulder four days prior. However he was just 1 for 6 from the floor in the opening quarter. The Thunder did not make any of their six 3-point attempts, while Portland was 7 of 10.

George missed the Thunder' regular-season finale Wednesday at Milwaukee because of the nagging injury, which also kept him out of games on February 28, March 2 and March 3. The Blazers went into the fourth quarter with a 76-69 lead.

It took the Rockets a few months to get on track for the season, but the second-half surge up the Western Conference standings netted the respect of a team that pushed Golden State to the brink of elimination before the Warriors rallied and later secured their second championship in succession and third in the span of four years. But he started and hit his first two 3-point attempts.

UP NEXT: Game 2 is Tuesday night at the Moda Center.

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