Friday, 23 August, 2019

Thunder Heat Up, Get Win at Home in Game 3 vs. Blazers

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It was almost the same scenario the team faces now: Losing the first two games on the road with Games 3 and 4 back in OKC.

"McCollum/b97609cf" class="local_link" target="_blank">CJ McCollum combined for less free throw attempts (14) than Thunder star small forward Paul George (17) had in Game 3.

Thunder guard Dennis Schroder also got in the mix, mocking Lillard's trademark "Dame Time" gesture by tapping on his wrist with the Thunder up 12 with two minutes to go.

The Thunder lost the first two games of the series on the road and looked like a completely different team when they played on Oklahoma City on Friday. Through three games, the Thunder are shooting 42 percent from the field and 27 percent from three-point range.

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

"Yeah I did see it", Lillard said when asked about Schroder. They will host Game 4 of the best-of-seven series on Sunday night.

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The fourth quarter margin was around 4-8 most of the way, until OKC went on a 16-10 surge to end the game, with Westbrook hitting three shots, including his final three-pointer, to clinch the win.

Heading to the bench with 50.8 seconds left and the Thunder leading his Blazers 118-106, Lillard had heard enough of Russell Westbrook's barking.

"Typically, people say you don't do stuff like that but honestly, I really couldn't care less".

Hey, I won't kid you this isn't going to be easy, but this team can still take down the Blazers if they play to their identity of being a defensive first squad. "The game had been decided".

The Thunder made 10 of 61 3-pointers in the first two games in Portland. "The game had been decided; and if that's something they needed to do to make themselves feel more dominant or feel better, then so be it".