Lillard sparks Portland past Oklahoma City for 3-1 lead

Tanya Simon
April 22, 2019

Damian Lillard (0) dunks during Game 4 in the first round of the National Basketball Association playoffs between the Portland Trail Blazers and the Oklahoma City Thunder at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Sunday, April 21, 2019.

He finished with 14 points, 9 rebounds, and 7 assists but more importantly, he had a rough shooting game yet again. According to ESPN, the All Star point guard missed his last 10 shots.

Russell Westbrook is a great player who is fun as heck to watch, except during his postgame press conferences when he continually refuses to answer local writer Berry Tramel's questions, choosing to just say "next question" instead. "That happens sometimes. But it just wasn't good enough for us to get the win". We know that Westbrook has the ability to carry the team on his back with his aggressive play, but I can't help but feel that he shot his team out of the game with his shot selection. Lillard hit a 3-pointer in the final minute to give Portland the lead, then Aminu hit a 3 with 3.9 seconds left as the Trail Blazers took a 50-46 edge into the break.

Damian Lillard #0 and CJ McCollum #3 of the Portland Trail Blazers huddle at mid court during a game against the Oklahoma City Thunder during Round One Game Three of the 2019 NBA Playoffs on April 21, 2019 at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. The Trail Blazers stretched the lead to 19 in the third quarter before the Thunder closed the gap.

A 3-pointer by Schroder pulled Oklahoma City within 97-87 with 3:35 remaining, but the Trail Blazers maintained control. This was Boston's first 4-0 series win in eight years.

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"Honestly, regardless of what the series is, it's always one game at a time", George said.

Westbrook and Lillard have, in their own ways, made themselves the central story of this matchup and Game 4 went firmly to Lillard.

Tempers flared between the two teams on Friday night as the Thunder took Game 3 at home.

Oklahoma City led by seven late in the second quarter before Portland scored the final 11 points of the half over the final 2:28. Outrebounded the Thunder 41-38. Shot 37.5 percent from the field. He also added nine rebounds and seven assists to his ledger.

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