Blazers’ Jusuf Nurkic admits to poor decision in losing temper vs. Thunder

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LAST 10 GAMES: Thunder: 4-6, averaging 116 points, 48.1 rebounds, 23.1 assists, 7.8 steals and 5.2 blocks per game while shooting 43.9 per cent from the field.

A day after the Oklahoma City Thunder pulled out a 129-121 overtime win over the Portland Trail Blazers on the road, the NBA's chief of referees admitted the officials missed a crucial foul at the end of regulation that may have cost the Blazers the game. The Thunder have already won the tiebreaker against the Blazers, so Portland needs to win this tilt to have a one-game advantage in the standings. "It went back and forth, both teams were going at it, physical game".

The Moda Center was rocking from the start as fans relished the clash between all-star point guards Damian Lillard and Russell Westbrook.

Westbrook admits he doesn't mind the boos from the opposing crowd, claiming he'd do the same if he was on the other side.

Westbrook and Nurkic got mixed up on a play under the basket. With Nurkic unavailable to shoot free throws, Thunder coach Billy Donovan had the option to choose any player on Portland's active roster to shoot instead. He thought George hit him again and confronted George forehead to forehead, and both players drew technicals - Nurkic's second, ending his evening. The Blazers, who had lost three of their previous four games as they jockey for playoff position in the Western Conference, led by as many as 29 points. No foul was called, and Terrance Ferguson put back George's miss to give the Thunder a two-point lead. All signs pointed to a tight finish.

Westbrook scored 37 points and George tallied 32 points as the Thunder swept the season series against the Trail Blazers by winning all 4 games. New Center Enes Kanter got a nice ovation from the crowd when he came in, but he wasn't able to hold down the middle the way Nurkic had.

Damian Lillard had a season-high 51 points for the Blazers, while Jusuf Nurkic added 13 points and 17 rebounds before he was sent off with his second technical with under a minute to go in regulation.

George appeared to utter a few words towards the Trail Blazers' big man, who reacted by placing his forehead on George's. Al-Farouq Aminu hit both shots to tie the game at 113 apiece with 2.9 seconds left. If he missed either one, the Blazers would likely lose.



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