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Five takeaways from the Thunder's 136-119 loss at Portland

The Thunder suffered a 136-119 loss at Portland Wednesday, its second blowout of the season. OKC slid to a 1-7 record on the road, 6-11 overall. 

Here are five takeaways from the game:

Portland starting early

Damian Lillard finally ended the Trail Blazers streak over halfway through the first quarter. Portland had made 10 consecutive shots to start the game when Lillard threw up a floater. It looked like he was trying to draw a foul.

But even when the Thunder had finally forced a missed shot, the Trail Blazers scored on the possession. Hassan Whiteside scored the putback, and Portland took a 28-15 lead.

By the end of the first quarter, the Thunder trailed 42-26. OKC defense gifted Portland with open 3-pointers to allow more points in the first quarter than it had in any period all season.

Reunited with Melo

As the third quarter wound down, Carmelo Anthony made a familiar move. Battling with Terrance Ferguson in the mid-post, Anthony spun and tossed up a mid-range jump shot. He made the shot, looking, as many have said in the past few days, like vintage Melo.

In Anthony’s first game against the Thunder in about a year, he recorded 19 points, four rebounds and two assists.

Anthony spent the 2017-18 season with the Thunder. That was the most recent full season Anthony has played. He joined the Blazers after parting ways with the Rockets early last season and spending a year out of the NBA.

Third quarter strikes again

If it weren’t for the first quarter, the Thunder’s third quarter performance would have been an indictment on the Thunder’s defense Wednesday. As it was, the third quarter was only OKC’s second-worst period of the night.   

Portland outscored the Thunder 41-27 in the third as Lillard’s shot heated up. By the end of the third quarter, Lillard led his team with 27 points.

OKC has notoriously struggled in third quarters this season, but it has only once before given up over 40 points in the third. The Warriors also scored 41 points in the third quarter of the Thunder’s 114-108 win on Nov. 9.

Noel provides brief  spark

Thunder center Nerlens Noel stood out in the Thunder’s second-quarter efforts to cut its deficit down to 13 points.  

About five minutes into the second quarter, Noel rose above the rim to swat down what would have otherwise been an easy layup by CJ McCollum.  He made that crucial rhythm-breaking play fresh off a four-block performance at Golden State.

After his block on McCollum, Noel and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander showed off their lob chemistry with two alley-oops before halftime.

Garbage time

With seven and a half minutes left in the game, two-way player Devon Hall checked into the game. It was Hall’s second appearance of his career and first since Nov. 12.

The substitution, which added Hall and Mike Muscala to a youthful lineup of Darius Bazley, 19, Abdel Nader, 26, and Deonte Burton, 25, served as a white flag. The Thunder trailed 116-88 at the time.

With the help of garbage time minutes, Nader finished the night with a career-high 23 points, leading the Thunder.

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Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard, center, hits a shot over Oklahoma City Thunder guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, left, and center Nerlens Noel, right, during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game in Portland, Ore., Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2019. (AP Photo/Steve Dykes)

Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard, center, hits a shot over Oklahoma City Thunder guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, left, and center Nerlens Noel, right, during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game in Portland, Ore., Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2019. (AP Photo/Steve Dykes)

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