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Lillard’s 3 forces OT, has 40 in win over Thunder

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Damian Lillard scored 40 points, making a tying 3-pointer with three seconds left in regulation, and the Portland Trail Blazers rallied from a 13-point, fourth-quarter deficit to beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 115-111 on Tuesday night.

Lillard’s 40-point outing was his second in Portland’s last four games, following a 43-point outburst against San Antonio on Friday. He also had 11 assists.

Lillard went 8 of 12 from 3-point range, including one with 2:07 left in overtime to put Portland up 111-106. Lillard had seven points in the extra period.

Russell Westbrook scored a season-high 40 points and added 10 rebounds and six assists for Oklahoma City before fouling out with 1:39 left in overtime. Oklahoma City played for a third straight game without NBA MVP Kevin Durant, who has a sprained right ankle.

LaMarcus Aldridge overcame an upper respiratory illness to score 25 points for the Blazers. He and Oklahoma City’s Serge Ibaka both were ejected with 9.5 seconds left in overtime after getting involved in a scuffle underneath Portland’s basket.

Reggie Jackson scored 21 points for the Thunder, including seven straight during a 67-second span to build a 78-73 lead with 10:58 left in regulation. A jumper by Westbrook extended that margin to 91-78 with 5:04 left and the Thunder led 95-85 with 1:40 left.

But Oklahoma City faltered down the stretch. Lillard scored six straight points in a 34-second span — one on a free throw after Westbrook was whistled for a technical foul.

Westbrook went 1 of 2 from the line with 5.2 seconds left to give the Thunder a three-point cushion before Lillard’s jumper over a charging Ibaka. Westbrook missed a long 3-point attempt at the regulation buzzer.

Matthews scored 22 points and went 5 of 8 from 3-point range. Portland hit a season-high 17 3-pointers in 31 attempts.

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Trail Blazers: After official Sean Corbin called a foul on Lillard that sent Westbrook to the free throw line, Portland coach Terry Stotts yelled at Corbin, saying he shouldn’t reward Westbrook “just because he cries every time” . Portland is 6-1 this season against Northwest Division foes and leads the division standings by 9

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