The Sooners of Oklahoma made a decisive statement in the third quarter of their matchup with the Portland Trailblazers, taking a commanding lead en route to a 85-63 victory.
Oklahoma’s third quarter performance was marked by an onslaught of offensive production, outscoring the Trailblazers 25-10. The Sooners showcased their ability to close out games, as they forced Portland into multiple turnovers and shot 6-for-11 from the three-point line.
The Sooners’ leader, guard Trae Young, was instrumental in the victory, posting 18 points and 11 assists. Young was able to take advantage of the Trailblazers’ defense, frequently finding open shooters and creating opportunities for easy buckets.
For Portland, it was a difficult night. Guard Damian Lillard was held to just 14 points and 6 assists, while the team only shot 35% from the field. The Trailblazers were unable to establish an offensive rhythm, and the Sooners’ defense put the game out of reach.
Oklahoma had the upper hand for the duration of the contest, and the Sooners’ depth was key to their success. Thirteen players saw the court for Oklahoma, with players such as forward Khadeem Lattin and guard Kameron McGusty providing valuable minutes off the bench.
The Sooners’ victory was a testament to their ability to close out games. Oklahoma put Portland away in the third quarter, and the Trailblazers were unable to mount a comeback. With their third quarter performance, Oklahoma will look to continue their success against their next opponent.