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Blazers, Thunder tussle in OKC

(SportsNetwork.com) - Two of the NBA's very best hook up on Tuesday night as Northwest powers, the Portland Trail Blazers visit the Oklahoma City Thunder at Chesapeake Energy Arena.

The two teams sit tied atop the Northwest Division and just a game behind the San Antonio Spurs for the best record in the Western Conference.

The Blazers head into Tuesday's tilt after a rough outing in Houston on Monday. Portland got pummeled, 126-113, to halt an impressive five-game winning streak.

"It's one of those games where they're an explosive team and they made their 3's tonight," said Portland coach Terry Stotts. "Some of that was on us, but I give Houston credit. They did what they do very well. They got to the rim, they got out in transition, they hit their 3's and Dwight (Howard) was great in the paint. When they're playing like that, they are a dynamic offensive team."

The Rockets established a season-high with 126 points, shot 52 percent from the field and 48 percent from long range. The Blazers got creamed on the glass, losing the rebound margin by 15.

LaMarcus Aldridge scored 27 points and pulled down 20 boards, outrebounding the rest of his team by three. It was his third game of 20-plus points and rebounds. No other player in the league has more than one.

Damian Lillard poured in 24 points and his 131 made 3-pointers are the most by a player at the halfway point of his season in NBA history.

Wesley Matthews finished with 18 for the Trail Blazers and Robin Lopez added 13. Nicolas Batum injured his finger and his availability for Tuesday is unknown.

The Thunder wait for the Blazers well-rested having not played since a 108-93 home win Sunday against the Sacramento Kings.

Kevin Durant tallied 30 points and nine assists en route to winning Western Conference Player of the Week honors. Durant shot 10-of-15 from the floor and added six rebounds and four steals as an encore to his career-best 54 points in Friday's win over Golden State.

The 25-year-old has picked up his play of late with Russell Westbrook sidelined, averaging a league-high 36.1 points in the month of January. Durant has scored 30-plus in seven straight and the Thunder are now 8-5 since Westbrook underwent knee surgery.

"KD is a special player," said Thunder head coach Scott Brooks. "Some nights he's going to have a high-scoring game. I just like the way he thinks. He thinks about the team. He had nine assists tonight. He took 15 great shots and made 10 of them."

Serge Ibaka donated 20 points in the Thunder's third straight victory. Reggie Jackson scored 16 points, while Thabo Sefolosha, Nick Collison and Jeremy Lamb all had 10.

The Blazers have won both of this season's matchups, including one in Oklahoma City on New Year's Eve. The Thunder had won seven in a row and 10 of 12 prior to this season.

01/21 09:43:48 ET

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Standings

2013 - 2014 Eastern Conference Standings
 
Atlantic W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Toronto 48 34 .585 --- 26-15 22-19 32-20 L 1
x-Brooklyn 44 38 .537 4 28-13 16-25 26-26 L 2
New York 37 45 .451 11 19-22 18-23 26-26 W 4
Boston 25 57 .305 23 16-25 9-32 21-31 L 2
Philadelphia 19 63 .232 29 10-31 9-32 14-38 W 2
 
Central W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Indiana 56 26 .683 --- 35-6 21-20 38-14 W 2
x-Chicago 48 34 .585 8 27-14 21-20 35-17 L 1
Cleveland 33 49 .402 23 19-22 14-27 21-31 W 1
Detroit 29 53 .354 27 17-24 12-29 23-29 L 4
Milwaukee 15 67 .183 41 10-31 5-36 12-40 L 3
 
Southeast W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Miami 54 28 .659 --- 32-9 22-19 34-18 L 3
x-Washington 44 38 .537 10 22-19 22-19 33-19 W 4
x-Charlotte 43 39 .524 11 25-16 18-23 30-22 W 3
x-Atlanta 38 44 .463 16 24-17 14-27 28-24 W 1
Orlando 23 59 .280 31 19-22 4-37 17-35 L 4
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
2013 - 2014 Western Conference Standings
 
Northwest W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Oklahoma City 59 23 .720 --- 34-7 25-16 36-16 W 1
x-Portland 54 28 .659 5 31-10 23-18 31-21 W 5
Minnesota 40 42 .488 19 24-17 16-25 23-29 L 3
Denver 36 46 .439 23 22-19 14-27 20-32 L 2
Utah 25 57 .305 34 16-25 9-32 13-39 W 1
 
Pacific W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-LA Clippers 57 25 .695 --- 34-7 23-18 36-16 L 1
x-Golden State 51 31 .622 6 27-14 24-17 31-21 W 2
Phoenix 48 34 .585 9 26-15 22-19 28-24 W 1
Sacramento 28 54 .341 29 17-24 11-30 15-37 L 1
LA Lakers 27 55 .329 30 14-27 13-28 15-37 W 2
 
Southwest W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-San Antonio 62 20 .756 --- 32-9 30-11 38-14 L 2
x-Houston 54 28 .659 8 33-8 21-20 31-21 L 1
x-Memphis 50 32 .610 12 27-14 23-18 29-23 W 5
x-Dallas 49 33 .598 13 26-15 23-18 29-23 L 1
New Orleans 34 48 .415 28 22-19 12-29 15-37 W 2
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
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Scoreboard
Local
Final
CHR 9
DUR 1
 
4th
MIA 81
CHA 75
 
Final
ATL 3
MIA 1
Final
CHC 5
ARI 7
Final
COL 10
SFG 12
Final
OAK 0
TEX 3
Final
SEA 5
HOU 3
6th
PIT 2
CIN 4
 
7th
CLE 3
KAN 3
 
7th
WAS 1
ANA 2
 
6th
TOR 7
BAL 9
 
7th
DET 4
CWS 2
 
5th
TAM 2
MIN 4
 
5th
BOS 4
NYY 0
 
6th
NYM 3
STL 1
 
4th
MIL 4
SDP 1
 
10:10pm Tonight
LOS
PHI
4th
MIA 81
CHA 75
 
2nd
SAN 39
DAL 51
 
9:30pm Tonight
HOU
POR
3rd
CLB 2
PIT 3
 
2nd
DAL 0
ANA 2
 
9:30pm Tonight
CHI
STL
Final
CHR 9
DUR 1