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Monday, March 28, 2011

Thunder roar into playoffs with win over Trail Blazers


OKLAHOMA CITY - The Oklahoma City Thunder secured a spot in the NBA playoffs on Sunday with a testing 99-90 win over division rivals Portland.

The Thunder went on a decisive 17-8 run over the final 6:18 of the fourth quarter led by Russell Westbrook, who scored 11 of his 28 points in the blitz.

They also came up with a key defensive stand in the last minute when Kendrick Perkins blocked a shot by Gerald Wallace and Serge Ibaka blocked Andre Miller to preserve a four-point lead. Westbrook completed the sequence with a layup to stretch the advantage to six.

Kevin Durant struggled in the second half but scored 21 points for the Thunder and had five blocked shots. Ibaka added 18 points.

Wallace scored 40 points and LaMarcus Aldridge added 20 points for Portland. - Reuters


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