Behind another backcourt takeover, Blazers grab 3-1 lead over Thunder

"I didn't feel the need to get overly aggressive in the first half, once I saw how the game was going", Lillard said.

Meanwhile, Westbrook simply had no answer for Lillard. Five of those quick points before the half came from Lillard. Westbrook may have the fancier looking numbers on paper, but it's Lillard who has proven to be the deadlier player on the floor through the opening four games. Fortunately, he was able to bounce back with a monstrous third quarter in which he dropped 15 points on the back of three consecutive, momentum-shifting three-pointers.

The lid was glued onto the basket as it seemed every shot from the Thunder rattled around before bouncing out. Including Game 4, George has put up 107 points on 37 percent shooting in the series, including an eye-gouging 12-of-39 on 3-pointers.

Early in the third, the run extended to 16 consecutive points by the Blazers before the Thunder finally broke through. In other words, Westbrook is playing hero ball. He missed his final 10 shots and was 0 for 7 for one point in the second half.


Grant scored 11 points and added 9 rebounds in 34 minutes for OKC on Sunday, but the team struggled with All-Star Russell Westbrook scoring just 14 points in 40 minutes on 5-for-21 shooting.

It's the second time this series that the former MVP has shot 25.0% or lesser from the field and the third time that he has shot 25.0% or lesser from beyond the arc.

Despite missing star center Jusuf Nurkic and facing a risky Oklahoma City Thunder team, the Portland Trail Blazers are suddenly a win away from their first series win in three years. The line-up was an attempt to trap the Blazers' guards, force turnovers and score quickly in transition. The Kawhi Leonard-led Raptors, a No. 2 seed in the Eastern Conference, now have a commanding 3-1 lead in the first-round series; the teams next play in Toronto on Tuesday.

The Blazers will have a chance to go up 3-1 with a win tonight if they can steal a victory away from Westbrook and his cast of characters when Game 4 tips off at 6:30 p.m. on TNT.

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