Paul's 30 lead Thunder past short-handed Portland 119-106


January 19, 2020

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Chris Paul had become annoyed with Oklahoma City's recent slow starts, so he did something about it.

He scored 21 of his 30 points in the first half, and the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the short-handed Portland Trail Blazers 119-106 on Saturday night.

Forward Danilo Gallinari, Oklahoma City's No. 2 scorer, rested. That prompted Paul to look for his shot more.

"Just trying to be aggressive," he said. "You know, without Danilo, we've got to find scoring. So I tried to come out and pick my spots early and made a few shots early."

Portland coach Terry Stotts has seen it all be...

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