Thunder beat Blazers 106-92 in home opener

Thunder beat Blazers 106-92 in home opener
November 2, 2012, 10:37 pm
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OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - NOVEMBER 2: Russell Westbrook #0 of the Oklahoma City Thunder goes to the basket against Nicolas Batum #88 of the Portland Trail Blazers on November 2, 2012 at the Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. (Photo by Layne Murdoch/NBAE via Getty Images)


OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Russell Westbrook scored 32 points, Kevin Durant had 23 points and 17 rebounds and the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Portland Trail Blazers 106-92 on Friday night to win their fourth straight home opener.

Kevin Martin, taking over James Harden's old role as the top-scoring bench player, added 19 points as Oklahoma City pulled away in the fourth quarter. Martin hit a 3-pointer and a runner during an 11-2 spurt that extended the Thunder's lead to 95-81 with 4:05 remaining.

LaMarcus Aldridge led Portland with 22 points and 15 rebounds and first-round pick Damian Lillard followed a sizzling debut with 21 points and seven assists.

The Trail Blazers were unable to follow up their surprising opening win against the Los Angeles Lakers, while Oklahoma City bounced back from a loss to San Antonio.