In just his ninth start with the Blazers, Kanter became just the third player in team history with at least 20 points and 18 rebounds in playoff game.
Kanter added, "A couple of days ago, I looked up in the mirror and I said 'Man, I am blessed to just be here with an wonderful organization and awesome teammates.' They trust in me". For me, it's just rhythm.
"Four days ago I couldn't even lift my shoulder", George said according to Erik Horne of the Oklahoman.
On Sunday however Portland's three-year wait for a postseason win came to an end, as Damian Lillard inspired a battling victory over the sixth-seeded Thunder. This one could really go either way, so while I'm tempted to take the Thunder, I got this series going to seven games, so I'm taking the Trailblazers to secure home-court advantage with another narrow win and cover here behind another big game from Lillard.
"I think we gave him too many open three looks, and that's going to be a concern going into Game 2", Blazers coach Terry Stotts said. "Obviously, his rebounding and scoring".
McCollum finished with 24 points, six rebounds, and three assists on 9-of-24 shooting in 37 minutes of action on Sunday. Paul George, who was a game-time decision because of a sore shoulder, added 26 points and 10 rebounds but was just 8 of 24 from the field and 4 of 15 from beyond the arc.
Westbrook appeared to hurt his right knee or ankle and grimaced while trying to walk it off. Trainers attended to him on the bench at the next timeout but he returned and his layup closed the gap to 91-87 with just under 4 minutes left.
Asked about it afterward, Westbrook said: "We'll see".
Portland led by as many as 19 points in the first half, but the Thunder pulled within 80-77 early in the fourth quarter.
Oklahoma City got within 93-92 on George's 3-pointer, but Lillard answered with another long 3 to keep the Blazers ahead.
As a team, the Thunder shot just 39 percent from the field and a miserly five of 33 from the 3-point line, but they held the Trailblazers to just 15 points in the second quarter to stay in the contest, only to fall short as they needed more production from George who missed 16 of his 24 shots as he played through an injury.
"I tried to talk to Steven before the game and he didn't even look at me", Kanter said. "And then when they make their runs, and when they get back in the game, (you) just weather those storms".