NBA wrap: Thunder overcome 51-point performance by Damian Lillard to win in OT

It took overtime but the Thunder were able to defeat the Trail Blazers despite a splendid performance by Damian Lillard.

Oklahoma City dropped Portland 129-121 in overtime behind 37 points from Russell Westbrook and another 32 from Paul George.

As good as those two were, though, their scores paled in comparison to Lillard’s as he dropped 51 on 15-of-28 shooting.

This was Lillard’s first 50-point game of the season and fifth of his career.

Meanwhile, there is little doubt who the best team in the Eastern Conference is right now.

The Bucks drove home that they’re the best of the best with their 117-98 win over the Pacers on Thursday.

Giannis Antetokounmpo dropped 29 points and added 12 rebounds in the victory, which gave Milwaukee a 49-16 record for the season. The Pacers, while still a very good team, are now 42-24 and 7 1/2 games back of the Bucks.

However, the thing to note here is Indiana now leads the 76ers by a half game. Philadelphia faces off with the Rockets on Friday.

Studs of the Night

Myles Turner scored 22 points and added 17 rebounds and three blocks in the Pacers’ loss to the Bucks.

Khris Middleton had 27 points, four assists and three steals in the Bucks’ win.

Dud of the Night

Tyreke Evans signed a $12 million contract with the Pacers this season. He didn’t earn it on Thursday as he went 1-of-6 shooting with three points. The team was minus-12 with him on the floor.


A player as big as Antetokounmpo should not be able to move like this.

What’s Next

Nuggets (43-21) at Warriors (44-20) 10:30 p.m. ET — A battle between the Western Conference’s best teams is actually a fight for first place, as well, as Denver sits just one game back of the Warriors for the top spot.