Damian Lillard Calls Enes Kanter 'The MVP' Of Game 1

Damian Lillard Calls Enes Kanter 'The MVP' Of Game 1

Kanter was definitely key to Portland's game one victory, and he could very well be a huge part of their playoff run moving forward. "We came into this series knowing we have to be the team that delivers the first blow, we had to come out and be aggressive and have that attitude that we're going to be here all night".

Portland was swept by New Orleans last season and the Warriors the year before.

OKC scored six straight points, the last two on a left-handed layup by Westbrook to cut it to 91-87 with 3:51 left.

Enes Kanter had a fantastic regular season for the Blazers after they signed him in February following his buyout with the New York Knicks. Portland went on to lead the opening quarter by as many as 17 points, paced by Lillard with 12 points. But they still struggled from 3-point range, making just two of 18 attempts. Terrance Ferguson and McCollum had a heated exchange in the second quarter, earning technical fouls.

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Westbook's layup got the Thunder within 64-60, but he collected his fourth foul late in the third and went to the bench. The Blazers led 39-25 after the first quarter and were able to close out the rest of the game in entertaining fashion. Tales of the tape will help players and fans understand how OKC can gain the upper hand in what is sure to be a hard first-round series.

He played in 44 games, averaging similar numbers to his first season in NY but eventually fell out of the Knicks' rotation, resulting in a trade request. "Now we make adjustments, come back, play harder next game and try to take it". The Thunder went 5-0 to wrap up their 82-game marathon at a 7-3 clip in their final 10 games to include another thrilling victory over the Houston Rockets in the final seconds.

Trail Blazers: Blazers coach Terry Stotts concluded his pregame talk with the media by saying. Previous year as a No. 3 seed Portland got swept by the New Orleans Pelicans.

Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard (0) reacts with center Enes Kanter (00) after a score in the second half in game one of the first round of the 2019 NBA Playoffs at Moda Center. Bill Walton did it three times and LaMarcus Aldridge once. "Obviously, his rebounding and scoring". "It feels incredible and I feel very blessed and I really appreciate it. He maintained a high level of play for a long period of time".

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