Who wins Thunder vs. Blazers?
There was a lot riding on this game as both teams are now seen as outside contenders for the western conference championship.
Portland is a 3.5-point favorite, while the over-under for total points scored is 232.5 in the latest Thunder vs. Blazers odds, down 1.5 from the opener.
As Nurkic crossed into the Thunder's half of the court, he was bodychecked by Oklahoma's guard Russell Westbrook with such force that he went flying. He thought George hit him again and confronted George forehead to forehead, and both players drew technicals - Nurkic's second, ending his evening.
Nurkic, of Bosnia, received his second technical foul with 4 seconds left in the 4th which earned him an automatic ejection. Of the seven games Portland has played, the 26-year-old played in six.
With the score tied at 111 and 30 seconds remaining in regulation, George made a driving attempt to the hoop.
Damian Lillard had 18 points and nine assists, while Jusuf Nurkic added 14 points and nine rebounds.
Though the Blazers forced overtime, Nurkic could not play in extra session due to picking up his second technical foul of the game in the final seconds of regulation when he was fouled collecting a rebound, but proceeded to get in George's face, presumably still irked about the elbow.
Trail Blazers: In the big second quarter, Portland outscored the Suns 42-24. Donovan chose Skal Labissiere, who had yet to play in the game. If he missed either one, the Blazers would likely lose. Sign up now for a free trial to start watching.
The Thunder, on the other hand, can't seem to shake the post-All-Star blues, winning just two of their last eight games. Jusuf Nurkić has owned the paint in recent games, and the newly acquired Rodney Hood went off for 27 points off the bench against the Hornets. But boy the the Blazers missed Nurkic's defense in the middle.
The Bucks gained control with a 12-0 spurt early in the fourth quarter. But Portland should hope that doesn't happen. And though the Thunder wound up sweeping the season series with Friday's win, this could have been anyone's game.