as theyve won eight of the last nine

as theyve won eight of the last nine

Portland, OR (SportsNetwork.Marble Water Bottle Cheap.com) - Life without Kevin Durant was fine for the Oklahoma City Thunder through three quarters. Then the Portland Trail Blazers got red hot in the fourth. LaMarcus Aldridge had 27 points and the Blazers pulled away for a 106-89 win over the Thunder in the season opener for both teams on Wednesday night. The Thunder led 77-75 after three quarters, but Portland outscored them 31-12 in the final frame. Russell Westbrook, who had 36 points through three, netted just two points on 1-of-6 shooting in the fourth. Wesley Matthews nailed five 3-pointers and finished with 22 points, while Damian Lillard netted seven of his 10 points in the fourth for Portland, which went 54-28 a year ago and fell to eventual-champion San Antonio in the Western Conference semifinals of the playoffs. Nicolas Batum tallied 16 points, six assists and five rebounds in the triumph. Westbrook posted 26 of his 36 points in the first half, ended 11-of-26 from the field and sunk 15-of-16 foul shots for the Thunder, who lost to San Antonio in the West Finals last season. The reigning NBA MVP Durant, who led the league in scoring for a fourth time in the last five seasons, will miss the start of the year after undergoing surgery Oct. 16 to fix a bone fracture in his right foot. Portland led 85-81 with 8:13 left before putting the game away with an 18-4 run. Matthews knocked down back-to-back triples to highlight the surge, which was capped on a Thomas Robinson pull-up right elbow jumper for a 103-85 advantage with 1:31 to play. Portland shot 54.5 percent (12-of-22) and limited the Thunder to just a 26.3 percent clip (5-of-19) in the final stanza. Earlier, OKC led 34-29 following a quarter of play. Lance Thomas hit all five of his shots for a 10-point opening frame, while Westbrook added 11. Right after Batum found Matthews for a dunk with 2.8 seconds left in the half, Westbrook received Darren Collisons ensuing inbounds pass near midcourt and raced the rest of the way before finishing with an emphating one-handed dunk right just prior to the horn for a 54-49 OKC lead going into the locker room. Game Notes Westbrook was 7-of-13 in the first half and sunk 12-of-13 from the charity stripe ... Portland put in 20 points off 15 OKC turnovers ... The Thunder were just 2-of-16 from beyond the arc.Swell Bottle Uk Sale. Fourteen players were suspended last summer by Major League Baseball as part of the Biogenesis drug scandal, ranging from All-Stars to also-rans.Swell Marble Bottle Uk. AdamLaRoche will take that. "I like our position in the standings and I like how our team is playing," LaRoche said after Washington swept a day-night doubleheader from the Cubs on Saturday.It comes as little surprise that the Edmonton Oilers have the fewest wins in the NHL coming out of the All-Star break as the struggling franchise heads toward a ninth consecutive season without a postseason berth. The Minnesota Wild, who were expected to take another step forward after reaching the Western Conference semifinals last year, have been one of the leagues biggest disappointments. Minnesota looks to avoid a third straight defeat by winning a fourth consecutive meeting in Edmonton tonight. The Oilers (12-26-9) have the fewest points in the West and possess a minus-49 goal differential that ranks 28th in the league. Former coach Dallas Eakins was fired on Dec. 15 and replaced by Todd Nelson, who needed a training period with general manager Craig MacTavish on the bench for the beginning of Nelsons tenure. Edmonton headed into the break on a high note, though, winning a pair of shootouts following a three-game skid. It beat Florida 3-2 on Jan. 17 and Washington 5-4 last Tuesday for its first back-to-back victories since Nov. 7 and 9. We can definitely take some positives out of this, Nelson said. The guys stuck with it, but there are also things we still have to work on. Our power play has to be better. All in all, I think theres a lot of room for improvement, but were happy with the way the guys stuck with it. Taylor Hall was not on the ice for Tuesdays practice after getting hit in the leg by a shot in Mondays skate. He will not suit up for tonights contest. The Wild (20-20-6) dont have many positives to look back on through the first portion of the season. They lost eight of 10 heading into the break and sit in last place in the Central Division. Minnesota spent plenty of money - Zach Parise and Ryan Suter each signed 13-year, $98 million contracts prior to the 2013 season and Thomas Vanek inked a three-year, $19.5 million deal in the offseason - to revitalize the club, but the results havent come as expected. The Wild barely qualified for the playoffs two years ago and were eliminated by top-seeded Chicago bbefore the Blackhawks bounced them in the second round last season in six games.Cheap Swell Bottles. The playoffs are becoming an afterthought this season, but coach Mike Yeo is trying to push forward. I was really pleased with our battle level, Yeo said after Minnesota rallied from a three-goal deficit in the third period before falling 5-4 in a shootout to Detroit last Tuesday. We made a couple of mistakes. And every time it happened, it seemed to wind up in the net. I give everybody a lot of credit. Minnesota outshot the Red Wings 38-24 and got two goals from Parise and another from Vanek. The mood was fine. No one was hanging their heads, Vanek said after the Detroit game. We were happy with the way we were playing the first two periods. They just got a couple of bounces. Things have gone Minnesotas way in Edmonton in recent years, as theyve won eight of the last nine meetings there. The Oilers won the last matchup 4-3 in a shootout Feb. 11 on the road as Viktor Fasth made 28 saves. Fasth has started the last two for Edmonton and could be in net again against the Wild, who will go with either Devan Dubnyk or Niklas Backstrom after sending Darcy Kuemper to AHL Iowa for a conditioning stint on Monday. Dubnyk started the last four games before the break after coming over from Arizona but was pulled against the Red Wings after allowing four goals on 10 shots. He was 3-0-0 with a 0.97 goals-against average against Edmonton this season as a member of the Coyotes. Oilers Projected Lines Pouliot - Nugent-Hopkins - Eberle Purcell - Roy - Yakupov Hendricks - Gordon - Klinkhammer Fraser - Lander - Gazdic Klefbom - Petry Fayne - Nikitin Ference - Schultz Fasth starts Scrivens Game Notes: MIN was 2-0-1 vs EDM last season MIN has gone 6-1-1 past 8 vs EDM, 3-0-0 in EDM in that span Edmonton: won 2 straight, both in a shootout, 1/10 on PP, won 3 straight just once this season (4 in a row) Eberle (1G, 1A) past 2 games Minnesota: 0-1-1 past 2 games, 7GA, 2/4 on PK Parise (5G, 1A) 4 game PT streak ' ' '