The victory not only put the Blazers up 1-0 in the best-of-7 series, but snapped a 10-game playoff losing streak for the Portland club.
Looking at the betting trends, the Thunder are 4-1 ATS in their last five games against a team with a winning record, 4-13 ATS in their last 17 against the Western Conference and 4-1 ATS in their last five games overall.
He was backed by C.J. McCollum, who added 24 points from nine-of-24 shooting with six rebounds and three assists. Of the 16 playoff teams, only the Detroit Pistons had a worst three-point percentage as a team than Oklahoma City in the regular season.
"We know how it feels to win again", Lillard said.
The Oklahoma City Thunder have not had a lot of recent playoff success.
George made a 3-pointer with 8.2 seconds remaining to get the Thunder within 100-97 but Portland hung on.
He finished with 30 points, four rebounds, four assists and three steals while scoring 14 points in the fourth quarter alone to assure that his team would defend home court and pick up the win.
Boston had gone into the game reeling from news that Smart is set to miss the opening two rounds of the playoffs after suffering a torn oblique. George buried a 3 and it was 93-92 with 2:35 to go, but Lillard's trey upped Portland's lead to 96-92 with 2:23 to play.
George also was sidelined on February 28, March 2 and March 3 with soreness in the right shoulder. But he started and hit his first two 3-point attempts.
Of course, what happens during the regular season doesn't always carry over into the postseason and that was the case in Game 1 of this series. But Kanter, signed just before the All-Star break after being waived by the New York Knick, has proven ad admirable fill-in. Portland outscored OKC 22-21 in the quarter to take a 76-69 lead into the fourth. But they still struggled from 3-point range, making just two of 18 attempts. Ferguson earned his third foul and headed to the bench. The Blazers led 39-25 after the first quarter and were able to close out the rest of the game in entertaining fashion.