Antetokounmpo had 24 points and 17 rebounds in just 24 minutes, as the Milwaukee began their hunt for a playoff championship ring with a 121-86 blowout of the Pistons in game one.
As for her, this type of rapid response had had fans of different National Basketball Association teams asking her to speak some sense into their own players and ball clubs, given the quick impact of her words after McCollum delivered a 24-point performance to lift the third-seeded Blazers over the Thunder. "... It was so frustrating because I just wanted to go out there and win". These teams met last season in the West semis, with Houston claiming that series in five games. Russell Westbrook racked up a triple-double of 24 points with 10 rebounds and 10 assists, Paul George led the team in scoring with 26 points and 10 rebounds while Steven Adams chipped in with 17 points and nine rebounds.
The Blazers have endured a miserable record in the playoffs in recent years, suffering back-to-back first round sweeps in 2017 and 2018 against Golden State and New Orleans.
Though Kanter would ultimately deliver the final blow with a driving finish to put Portland up 100-94 with 11 seconds on the clock, that Lillard three seemed to suck the wind out of yet another furious Thunder rally. "He maintained a high level of play for a long period of time". "And you're going to want to come out on the winning side. And everybody is going to be ready".
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McCollum missed 10 games down the stretch with a left knee strain and had only played in two games since returning.
Also, Kyrie Irving scored 20 points as the Boston Celtics shrugged off the injury absence of Marcus Smart to defeat the Indiana Pacers 84-74. The Blazers own a 1-0 edge in the best-of-seven series.
The Thunder have been to the playoffs every season since moving from Seattle in 2008, but they haven't gotten past the opening round for the past two seasons.
However the fourth-seeded Celtics had too much firepower for the fifth-ranked Pacers on their way to a deserved victory.