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Guards shine as Trail Blazers take 2-0 lead over Thunder


Russell Westbrook, who had his ninth career postseason triple-double in Oklahoma City’s Game 1 loss, finished with 14 points, nine rebounds and 11 assists.


George insisted the shoulder, which kept him out of the Thunders’ regular-season finale, was fine at practice on Monday even though it was wrapped in ice.


Portland’s victory in Game 1 snapped a 10-game postseason losing streak that included four-game sweeps in the past two seasons — first by the Warriors and then last year by the Pelicans.


In Toronto, Kawhi Leonard scored 37 points, Kyle Lowry bounced back from a scoreless playoff opener with 22 and the Raptors routed Orlando to even their Eastern Conference first-round series at one win apiece.


In Denver, Jamal Murray missed his first eight shots before a scorching fourth quarter in which he scored 21 of his 24 points, leading the Nuggets past San Antonio and knotting their playoff series at a game apiece.


Denver was in danger of losing a second straight game at the Pepsi Center after posting the NBA’s best home record (34-7) during the regular season.






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