Oklahoma City, OK (SportsNetwork. Chipper Jones Jersey .com) - Damian Lillard poured in 40 points on 11-of-21 shooting to go along with 11 assists, and the Portland Trail Blazers stunned the Oklahoma City Thunder, 115-111, in overtime on Tuesday. LaMarcus Aldridge contributed 25 points with nine rebounds and Wesley Matthews checked in with 22 points for the Blazers, who overcame a 10-point deficit in the final two minutes of regulation to win for the sixth time in seven contests. Russell Westbrook also went for 40 points with 10 rebounds and six assists in the loss. But unlike Lillard, it took him a career-high 34 shot attempts to do it. Reggie Jackson and Serge Ibaka had 21 and 16 points, respectively, for Oklahoma City, which played without star Kevin Durant for a third straight game due to a sprained right ankle. The Thunder have lost three of their last four entering their showdown with the defending champion San Antonio Spurs on Christmas Day. Aldridge converted a three-point play following a Jackson basket to open the overtime period. Matthews knocked down a 3-pointer the next trip down prior to Westbrooks layup that made it a two-point game. It stayed that way until Lillard dialed in a trey, then he hit a pair of free throws with just over a minute left before Dorell Wrights tip-in gave the Blazers a comfortable seven-point cushion. Jackson netted the first five points of the fourth as part of an 18-5 burst that Westbrook capped with a jumper at 5:04 for a 91-78 lead. The Blazers continued to chip away and Lillard scored six straight late in the frame to cut the deficit to 95-91. Westbrook responded with a jumper, but it turned out to be his miss from the free throw line that proved costly. Aldridge knocked in four straight to close the gap, then Westbrook left the door open for a tie by hitting just 1-of-2 from the line with 5.2 seconds left. Out of a timeout, Lillard found himself wide open at the top of the key coming off a pick and buried the trey to tie the game. Westbrook was off the mark from way beyond the arc as the buzzer sounded. Lillards 3-pointer to close the half staked the Blazers to a 54-43 lead. Oklahoma City then turned it up on the offensive end and locked down defensively in the second half. Westbrook had six points and three assists during a 22-7 run that spanned six minutes, giving the Thunder a 69-67 lead with just over a minute remaining in the third. Portland answered with two 3s around a Kendrick Perkins make to regain the lead, however, Jackson converted a layup in the closing seconds to tie the score at 73-73 entering the fourth. Game Notes Aldridge and Ibaka both were ejected from the game after a little scuffle ensued with 9.5 seconds left in the extra session ... OKC had a 54-24 edge in the paint ... Each team had a game-high lead of 13 points ... There were 11 lead changes ... Steven Adams had a game-high 11 rebounds in the setback. Biff Pocoroba Braves Jersey . - While he appreciates suggestions from Packers fans of remedies for his sore left calf, Aaron Rodgers is not necessarily going to listen to the advice. Mike Lum Jersey . Justine finished first with a score of 22.44 while Chloe was second with 21.66 points. Defending champion Hannah Kearney of the U.S., was third at 21.49. A third Dufour-Lapointe sister, Maxime, failed to make the final group and finished 12th while Audrey Robichaud of Quebec City was 10th.EDMONTON -- Brett Pollock scored twice as the Edmonton Oil Kings beat the Brandon Wheat Kings 4-2 in Western Hockey League play Tuesday. Riley Kieser and Mitchell Moroz also scored as Edmonton (35-13-1) won its sixth straight game to increase its lead to 13 points atop the Eastern Conference. Jayce Hawryluk and Peter Quenneville replied for Brandon (26-18-5). Tristan Jarry stopped 27 shots in net for the Oil Kings, while Wheat Kings goalie Curtis Honey made 25 shots. ---- CHIEFS 6 BLAZERS 3 KAMLOOPS, B. Eddie Mathews Braves Jersey. C. -- Mitch Holmbergs pair of goals led Spokane past the Blazers. Liam Stewart, Adam Helewka, Carter Proft and Dominic Zwerger had a single apiece for the Chiefs (30-15-4), who have a three-game winning streak. Chase Souto, Coly Ully and Matt Revel scored for Kamloops (11-34-5), which dropped its third straight. Spokanes Eric Williams turned aside 24 shots, two better than Bolton Pouliot did in Kamloops net. ' ' '
KANSAS CITY, Mo. Joe Crede Jersey . -- The Royals shook up their coaching staff Thursday in an attempt to jumpstart their failing offence, making Dale Sveum the hitting coach and Mike Jirschele their third base coach. Pedro Grifol, who took over as hitting coach last season, will now instruct catchers. The moves were announced after the Royals finished off a disastrous homestand that included a sweep at the hands of Houston, and before they opened a four-game series in Toronto. Sveum said the Royals havent done a good enough job this season of hitting pitches in the upper half of the strike zone. "The bottom line is weve struggled with elevation and weve swung at pitches down in the zone probably way too much," he said. "From thigh high to the top of the strike zone, were not doing enough damage." The Royals began the day last in the majors with 21 homers, putting them on pace to match the 1976 club for the fewest in franchise history for a non-strike-shortened season. Theyre also last in the American League in runs and slugging percentage. "There is not one man in the lineup thats hitting the ball well," Royals designated hitter Billy Butler said Wednesday. "Were just cold." Yost said "a different voice can make a difference," to struggling batters, but the Royals have heard plenty of voices about hitting: Sveum is Kansas Citys fifth hitting coach in less than three seasons. The Royals let go of Kevin Seitzer two years ago in the hope that somebody else would help the club generate more power. Seitzer was eventually hired by the Blue Jays, who currently lead the majors with 76 homers -- more than Kansas City is on pace for all season. Jack Maloof and Andre David were hired before last season, but they only made it a couple of months before they were reassigned within the franchise. It was at that point that the Royals hired Grifol and Hall of Famer George Brett on an interim basis. The Royals showed signs of life once that duo was in charge, slowly climbing into playoff contention. Grifol was given the job on a full-time basis after Brett stepped down in July, but lasted less than a year in the role. "Hes the one that pulled us out of our trouble last year," Yost said of Grifol Thursday. "A year later, we find ourselves in the exact same spot." Sveum, a former Brewers and Cubs manager, had been serving as the Royals third base coach. But he also has plenty of experience as a hitting coach, helping Milwaukee finish in the top three of the National League in homers in each of his three seasons. "Hes got experience, he studies hitting," Yost said. "Hes got a lot of knowledge. He helped Prince Fielder get, in my opinion, to the next level as an offensive performer." Ross Detwiler White Sox Jersey . The goals took Liverpools tally in the Premier League this season to 70, overtaking Manchester City as the top scorers, and left the fourth-place team just four points behind league leader Chelsea. Hugh Duffy Jersey . The thinking at the time was Clowney could have already been promised he would be selected first overall by the Houston Texans, therefore negating any need to meet with any other teams. The plot took another twist this week.Toronto Blue Jays relief pitcher Steve Delabar is going back to the minors. The righty was sent back down to Triple-A Buffalo for the second time this week in order to make room for Liam Hendriks who will get the start Friday night against the Cincinnati Reds. Delabar waas sent down Tuesday but was called back up for Thursdays game against the New York Yankees when Brett Cecil went to the disabled list. Jack Mcdowell White Sox Jersey . The 30-year-old has appeared in 30 games this season, recording a 4.91 earned run average and a 3-0 record. ' ' '