Against all odds, OKC will face Portland

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The Oklahoma City Thunder did their job Tuesday, winning their fifth straight game to close the regular season, topping Milwaukee 127-116.

That put Oklahoma City in the No. 6 slot in the Western Conference entering the NBA playoffs.

But who would the Thunder play?

Well, resting players and giving up 87 points in the first half, it appeared Portland had no interest in the No. 3 seed.

Yet, while Denver came back from 11 points down over the last four minutes to beat Minnesota, thereby securing the No. 2 slot, Portland was finishing off its own comeback from 28 points down to beat Sacramento, thereby securing the third slot.

Those results left the most likely team it appeared OKC would meet — Houston — in the fourth position.

The Thunder topped the Trail Blazers four times in the regular season.

Their best-of-seven playoff series begins at 2:30 p.m. Sunday at Portland. Game 2 is scheduled for 9:30 p.m. Tuesday, also at Portland. The Thunder will host Game 3 at 8:30 p.m. next Friday.