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'We’re just all unselfish': Thunder's youth shows off its bright future in 119-106 win vs. Trail Blazers

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Thunder center Nerlens Noel rose in front of the rim and swatted Anfernee Simons’s shot to the ground. OKC rookie Darius Bazley chased down the rebound and tossed a pass ahead to Shai Gilgeous-Alexander.

As the pair approached the paint, Gilgeous-Alexander bounced a pass into the lane. Bazley caught it and slammed it down with two hands, bringing the crowd to its feet.

In The Thunder’s 119-106 win against the Trail Blazers Saturday, the lineup that put together that electrifying sequence midway through the second quarter included just one player over the age of 21. It was as close to a glimpse into the future as OKC fans have gotten this season, and it was exciting.

“I think we’re just all unselfish,” Gilgeous-Alexander said, “and want to win at the end of the day and are willing to do whatever it takes. So, whether it be guarding whoever making the next basketball play. And all of us are workers.”

Injuries plagued both the Thunder (24-19) and the Blazers (18-26) Saturday. OKC was missing two starters, so Bazley and Hamidou Diallo filled in for Danilo Gallinari (rest) and Terrance Ferguson (illness), respectively. With Abdel Nader (left ankle sprain) also out, two-way contract player Luguentz Dort played extended rotation minutes.

Portland was even more short-handed, struggling to dress a league-required eight players. Guard CJ McCollum was added to the long list of injuries, after spraining his ankle Friday at Dallas. Then, to make matters worse, the Trail Blazers reportedly agreed to trade Kent Bazemore and Anthony Tolliver to Sacramento. Portland coach Terry Stotts declined to comment on the reports, but both players were listed as “not with team.”

So, when the lineup of Noel, Gilgeous-Alexander, Bazley, Dort and Diallo took the court, it was facing a depleted Trail Blazers team. But that young Thunder lineup also represented a cobbled-together group of players.

When Gilgeous-Alexander checked in for Dennis Schroder, with 6:32 left in the second quarter, Noel was the only Thunder player on the court with more than two seasons of NBA experience. Noel and Diallo were the only two players who were with OKC last season, and Diallo spent much of the second half with the Thunder’s G League affiliate, the Blue.

The Thunder drafted Bazley No. 23 overall, after a draft-day trade this summer. OKC signed Dort as an undrafted free agent. Gilgeous-Alexander came to the Thunder as part of the Paul George trade last summer.

As the Thunder progresses toward a rebuild, those are some of the young players who could remain in OKC long term. They’re not the most polished group, but for about three and a half minutes, they battled a Portland lineup that included starters Damian Lillard and Hassan Whiteside. OKC maintained its four-point lead in that time.

The Thunder’s young lineup scored with all kinds of combinations. Dort to Noel. Noel to Diallo. Gilgeous-Alexander to Bazley. Gilgeous-Alexander to Noel. They were quick on defense and pushed the pace on offense. They shared the ball.

“There was just a lot of activity out there,” Thunder coach Billy Donovan said, “and they were playing and competing … There were just a lot of positive things in terms of the way they impacted the game.”

Thunder veterans played invaluable roles in the win. Chris Paul almost single-handedly bucked the Thunder’s recent slow-start trend with 10 of the Thunder’s first 20 points. He finished the game leading OKC with 30 points, which tied his season high.

OKC’s youth, on the other hand, supplemented a group of regular starters who were expected to take advantage of Portland’s lack of depth.

Dort guarded Lillard for much of the game. The rookie drew charges from Lillard and Carmelo Anthony in his first three defensive possessions on the court. Bazley grabbed a career-high 13 rebounds. Gilgeous-Alexander had a balanced performance of 22 points, 10 rebounds and five assists.

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<strong>Darius Bazley (7) sports a smile after a first-half dunk in the Thunder's 119-106 win against the Trail Blazers on Saturday at Chesapeake Energy Arena. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman]</strong>

Darius Bazley (7) sports a smile after a first-half dunk in the Thunder's 119-106 win against the Trail Blazers on Saturday at Chesapeake Energy Arena. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman]

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