Oklahoma City Thunder hold off Portland Trail Blazers in Game 3

Arnold Nichols
April 23, 2019

With their backs against the wall and Paul George sporting two wonky shoulders, the team responded by winning their final five games to move up into the sixth seed.

The poor shooting in an ugly first half for both teams and how Lillard and Westbrook fared.

On The Dan Patrick Show Friday, NBA on TNT analyst Reggie Miller said the Thunder's season would be a wash if OKC can't bounce back in the series. Just as poorly as the OKC Thunder have shot in the two games at Portland, they could equally improve at Chesapeake to even up the series and then the pressure would fall back on the Blazers with all the momentum shifted into the favor the Thunder.

Oklahoma City struggled offensively in the first two games and was unable to crack 100 points against the Blazers.

Russell Westbrook puts up 33 points and 11 assists as the Thunder beat the Blazers to cut Portland's series lead to 2-1.

"I haven't won a championship", Lillard said.

They have had a few heated exchanges and showy celebrations through three games, and neither one seems to plan on backing down.

Leading by 11 points with just under a minute and a half left in the game, Westbrook pulled up from three with Lillard's hand right in his face. With Paul George battling a shoulder injury, the team has not played anywhere near the level they had previously in the year.

Dennis Schroder had 17 points and Steven Adams 10 points.

And to cap it all off, with the Blazers and Thunder taking their starters off the floor down 12 with 20 seconds left, George stayed in to shoot free throws.

"I mean, it was after the clock, but just doing that - I don't really care", Lillard said.

Lillard said the Thunder were trying to make a statement.

After falling twice in Portland to kick off their opening round playoff series, the Oklahoma City Thunder finally found their footing in the postseason. "The game had been decided". "So we have to do a better job of rotating or at least contesting them".

Trail Blazers: Westbrook usually says "Next question" when Oklahoman columnist Berry Tramel asks him anything.

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