Record-Breaking Rout: Oklahoma City Thunder Crush Portland Trail Blazers by 62 Points in Historic Victory

OKLAHOMA CITY, Jan. 11, 2024 — The Oklahoma City Thunder delivered a historic blowout victory against the Portland Trail Blazers on Thursday night, matching the fifth-largest rout in NBA history with a 62-point win. Led by Shai Gilgeous-Alexander’s 31 points and Josh Giddey’s triple-double, the Thunder dominated the Blazers on their way to a final score of 139-77.

Head coach Chauncey Billups of the Portland Trail Blazers described the game as a “perfect storm” where nothing seemed to work for his team. The defeat marked the Trail Blazers’ second-worst loss in franchise history, with their lowest point total in the past two seasons.

Oklahoma City’s previous record victory margin of 45 points, set during the 2012-13 season, was shattered in this game. The Thunder now boast the same record as the Minnesota Timberwolves, tying them for the best record in the Western Conference at 26-11.

Looking back on a previous blowout loss to the Memphis Grizzlies in 2021, in which they were defeated by a staggering 73 points, Oklahoma City players Luguentz Dort and Tre Mann experienced a sense of embarrassment. This loss served as motivation for the team to never experience that feeling again.

Having set a new NBA record as the youngest player to achieve a triple-double while shooting 100% from the field, Giddey’s performance was nothing short of remarkable. At just 21 years old, he managed 13 points, 10 rebounds, and 12 assists in the game.

For the Thunder, the victory came after a grueling schedule that included a game in Miami the night before, resulting in their return home at 3 a.m. Despite these challenges, they played a complete game, shooting 57% from the field and clearing hurdles of starting the game strong and maintaining a lead.

On the flip side, the Trail Blazers struggled throughout the game, shooting just 27.7% from the field. Billups acknowledged the team’s frustration and lack of success in converting good looks into baskets.

Oklahoma City established their dominance early in the game, responding to Portland’s initial 5-point lead with a 22-2 run. A highlight of the game was Chet Holmgren’s unusual basket, where he managed to score while being tackled from behind by Jerami Grant.

The Thunder continued their dominance into the second half, outscoring the Trail Blazers 43-17 in the third quarter and taking a historic 118-56 lead entering the fourth quarter.

With this victory, the Oklahoma City Thunder have firmly established themselves as one of the top teams in the Western Conference.