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McCollum scores 20 and Blazers rout the Thunder 133-85

Portland sets record for its biggest win at Moda Center

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Oklahoma City Thunder guard Ty Jerome, center, passes as Portland Trail Blazers guard Anfernee Simons, left, and center Enes Kanter, right, defend during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Portland, Ore., Saturday, April 3, 2021.
Oklahoma City Thunder guard Ty Jerome, center, passes as Portland Trail Blazers guard Anfernee Simons, left, and center Enes Kanter, right, defend during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Portland, Ore., Saturday, April 3, 2021. (AP Photo/Steve Dipaola) Photo Gallery

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – CJ McCollum scored 20 points to lead eight Trail Blazers in double figures and Portland routed the Oklahoma City Thunder 133-85 on Saturday night.

Damian Lillard and Anfernee Simons each added 16 points for the Blazers, who sent their starters to the bench before Portland took a 104-59 lead into the final quarter.

Portland led by as many as 52 points and the final margin was the largest ever for the team at the Moda Center.

Kenrich Williams had 18 points for the short-handed Thunder, who have lost five of their last six games. None of Oklahoma City’s starters broke double figures.

The Thunder were without guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander with a right foot injury for the sixth straight game. They also didn’t have Luguentz Dort for the fourth game because of concussion protocol.

Both teams were playing the second of back-to-backs. The Thunder were coming off a 140-103 loss at the Phoenix Suns on Friday night. The bright spot was rookie Theo Maledon, who had 33 points. He finished with seven against Portland.

Portland was likewise coming off a big loss a night earlier, 127-109 to the Milwaukee Bucks. It snapped a four-game winning streak.

The Blazers led by as many as 21 points in the first quarter, taking a 35-14 lead after Lillard’s 3-pointer. Portland led 65-46 at the half with four Blazers already in double figures, led by McCollum with 12 points.

McCollum’s step-back 3-pointer in the third quarter capped a 16-5 run to start the half and stretched the Blazers lead to 81-51.

Simons’ 3-pointer gave the Blazers a 100-57 lead with more than two minutes left in the third and by that time most of the starters were already seated for the rest of the game.

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Thunder: Gilgeous-Alexander warmed up with the Thunder but did not play. … Williams led the Thunder off the bench in the opening half with 11 points.

Trail Blazers: McCollum was called for a flagrant one against Isaiah Roby in the third quarter. … It was Portland’s third and final game against the Thunder this season. The teams split the first two meetings. … Portland’s biggest margin of victory ever was 50 points.

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