Portland Trail Blazers

Blazers clinch sixth straight playoff berth, while Thunder fall to eighth seed

Damian Lillard and Russell Westbrook
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On the fourth and final game of their homestand, the Portland Trail Blazers edged out the Brooklyn Nets in double overtime to seal their sixth-straight playoff berth.

Jusuf Nurkic, who suffered a serious left leg injury in the double-overtime period, was the star performer for the Blazers with 32 points, 16 rebounds, 5 assists, 4 blocks and 2 steals on 13-of-24 shooting.

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All-Star Damian Lillard was not far behind in production, recording his third 30-point, 10-assist double-double in the last four games with 31 points and 12 assists.

It was a high scoring contest between both benches as Portland's reserves narrowly outscored their counterparts 66-59.

This will also be Damian Lillard's sixth-straight trip to the playoffs, having only missed out in his rookie season.

Recording their 46th win of the year, the Blazers are now just 0.5 games behind the third-seeded Houston Rockets.

Nurkic will miss the remainder of the season after suffering 'sustained compound fractures to his left tibia and fibula' the team announced, while CJ McCollum (knee) will miss their upcoming four-game road trip.

Meanwhile, in Memphis, the Oklahoma City Thunder were stunned by the Grizzlies with former Toronto Raptor Bruno Caboclo top-scoring with 24 points.

All-Stars Russell Westbrook and Paul George combined for 16-of-49 shooting from the field and 6-of-21 from beyond the arc, resulting in the Thunder suffering their fifth loss in the last six games.

Goerge finished with 30 points and 12 rebounds, while Westbrook recorded 16 points, seven assists and five rebounds.

The OKC franchise now has a record of 6-11 since the All-Star break.

From legitimately contending for home court prior to the All-Star Weekend, the Thunder are now at the bottom of the West playoff picture.

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