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West powers collide as Thunder visit Blazers

(SportsNetwork.com) - In a possible Western Conference Finals preview, Kevin Durant will lead the Oklahoma City Thunder into a pivotal Northwest Division matchup Tuesday night against the Portland Trail Blazers at Moda Center.

The Thunder are the Western Conference's best by 3 1/2 games over the San Antonio Spurs. Oklahoma City is four games clear of Portland in the Northwest Division.

This is the final meeting between NBA powers. The Blazers have taken two of three matchups, including the only contest in Portland, a 111-104 decision on Dec. 4.

OKC bounced back from a last-second loss Friday night in Orlando with a 112-100 home victory Sunday over the New York Knicks.

Kevin Durant had 41 points, 10 rebounds, nine assists and two blocks in the win. Durant has scored 20 or more points in 26 consecutive games for the Thunder and was named Western Conference Player of the Week for the fifth time this season.

"In the pick and roll we did a good job of using the screen effectively," Durant said. "Serge gave his body up for other guys and also finished as well. Once we play with the pass, we're unpredictable. We have to continue to make the right plays."

Reggie Jackson finished with 19 points, followed by 16 from Serge Ibaka, 12 out of Thabo Sefolosha and 10 from Derek Fisher. Kendrick Perkins pulled down 11 rebounds for the Thunder, who shot 54.8 percent and 44.4 percent from long range.

The Thunder close out a mini road trip Thursday night against the Los Angeles Lakers.

The Blazers returned home from an eastern road trip that saw them go 2-2. They earned tough victories over the Knicks and Minnesota Timberwolves, but lost against the Washington Wizards and Indiana Pacers in overtime.

The most recent game was the Minnesota affair and LaMarcus Aldridge had 26 points and nine rebounds as the Trail Blazers defeated the shorthanded Timberwolves, 117-110, on Saturday night.

Minnesota was missing starters Kevin Love (quad), Nikola Pekovic (ankle) and Kevin Martin (toe) due to injuries. That wasn't Portland's problem as it finished with six double-figure scorers.

Rookie C.J. McCollum netted 19 points and Damian Lillard tallied 14 points, five rebounds and four assists for the Blazers, who have alternated wins and losses over their last six tilts.

"I feel more comfortable every game," McCollum said. "Obviously I'm a confident person and I put a lot of work in and trust myself."

Wesley Matthews finished with 21 points, while Nicolas Batum chipped in 15 points and Joel Freeland added 11 off the bench. Robin Lopez only managed seven points, but grabbed 11 rebounds and blocked four shots.

When the Blazers beat the Thunder on Dec. 4, that halted a seven-game series losing streak.

02/11 10:20:20 ET

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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
DUR 3
NOR 2
 
Final
PHI 1
ATL 0
Final
DET 7
CLE 5
Final
MIN 7
TOR 0
Final
TEX 8
SEA 6
Final
SFG 1
LOS 2
Final
SDP 1
COL 3
Final
PIT 11
MIL 2
Final
WAS 0
STL 8
Final
TAM 2
NYY 10
Final
MIN 9
TOR 5
 
9th
CWS 1
BOS 3
 
Final
HOU 1
KAN 5
 
Final
NYR 4
PHI 1
1st OT
STL 3
CHI 3
 
2nd
COL 1
MIN 1
 
1st
SJS 1
LOS 0
 
Final
DUR 3
NOR 2