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Portland beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 133-85 on Saturday night, with CJ McCollum scoring 20 points to lead eight Trail Blazers in double figures.

Damian Lillard and Anfernee Simons each scored 16 points for the Blazers, who sat their starters in the fourth quarter after taking a 104-59 lead.

Portland had a 52-point lead at one point, and the final margin was the team’s highest at the Moda Center. In addition, the Blazers forced a season-high 22 turnovers.

The Thunder, who have lost five of their last six games, were led by Kenrich Williams, who scored 18 points. It was the team’s most lopsided loss in its history.

Just one Thunder starter scored in double figures: Moses Brown, who started for the Thunder for the first time last month, had 10 points and 14 rebounds.

McCollum joked with Norman Powell, who joined the Blazers at the trade deadline, that Portland averages four blowouts per season.

“So I’m glad we were able to get one done tonight so we could get some rest and let some of the young guys play,” McCollum said.

For the sixth consecutive game, the Thunder were without guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander due to a right foot injury. Due to concussion protocol, they were also without Luguentz Dort for the fourth game.

Both teams were in the middle of a back-to-back set. The Thunder had just suffered a 140-103 defeat to the Phoenix Suns the night before. Theo Maledon, a newcomer, was a bright spot with 33 points. Against Portland, he had seven points.

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Portland had also suffered a major defeat the night before, losing 127-109 to the Milwaukee Bucks. It ended a four-game winning streak for the team.

“You just have to learn the lesson. These sting, obviously. The question is what to do with it? We have to learn the lesson,” Thunder coach Mark Daigneault said about the takeaway for his young and experienced team.

“It was good to bounce back from the Milwaukee game, play a good defensive game and just allow the subs to play, rest the starters,” Blazers coach Terry Stotts said. “In that sense, it was really good for us.”

In the first quarter, the Blazers led by as many as 21 points, taking a 35-14 lead after Lillard’s 3-pointer. At halftime, Portland led 65-46, with four Blazers in double figures, led by McCollum’s 12 points.

In the third quarter, McCollum’s step-back 3-pointer capped a 16-5 run to open the half, extending the Blazers’ lead to 81-51.

With more than two minutes left in the third, Simons’ 3-pointer gave the Blazers a 100-57 advantage, and most of the starters had already taken their seats for the rest of the game. Enes Kanter had a double-double of 12 points and 17 rebounds.

“I just tell the guys to stay together. In this league you’re going to see a lot,” Williams said following the loss. “The main thing we can do as a group is stick together.” –ESPN

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