"I don't care what anybody says, that's a bad shot".
"It was a great feeling when it left my hands", Lillard said. For Lillard, it has become maybe his most lethal.
Damian Lillard and the Portland Trail Blazers know how to end a series in fashion.
"I mean, the series was over", Lillard said. 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.
But each of the Portland starters made major contributions. Al-Farouq Aminu was effective scoring 19 and hitting four three-pointers; he had a +/- of 20 in the win. While they've come up short in this series, a different Blazer has stepped up his game in each of the team's victories. The entire league watched Portland win 49 games, finish third in the West, and then get swept out of the first round by Anthony Davis and the Pelicans. Oklahoma City responded with a 15-2 tear to go ahead 90-86 late in the third quarter.
"There's been a lot of back and forth, a lot of talk and all this stuff, and that was the last word".
"We don't focus on our doubters; we focus on ourselves". If Westbrook continues to struggle, OKC has no chance. Eastern with a 3-1 series lead at Moda Center at the Rose Quarter. When Nurkic showed up, the home team immediately went on an 8-0 run. Although Westbrook hit the pivotal shots to tie the game his efforts during the game weren't as efficient. The shooting guard is also adding 6.3 rebounds and 4.5 assists per game.
The seven-point lead proved the high-water mark for the Thunder. Six of those field goals were 3-pointers.
Yesterday's loss leaves the Thunder just one defeat away from their 2018/19 season being over, with Adams potentially emerging as a scapegoat for their current predicament.
And as his coach, Terry Stotts, said, "The legend grows". "We played the way we needed to play". "We'll see what happens in the future". None of Lillard's makes came on catch and shoots. "That was it. I was just waving goodbye to them", he said.
The Trail Blazers own home-court advantage as the no. 3 seed and opened with consecutive wins, an impressive performance considering Portland lost all four regular-season games to Oklahoma City. The team was going to be stuck relying on role players like Rodney Hood, Seth Curry, and Mo Harkless and big men like Enes Kanter, Zach Collins, and Meyers Leonard. And while Westbrook took to verbal interaction and rocking the baby the definitive moment of the duo's battle may well have been the powerful block Russ administered on Dame. All the guys were out there telling me to run to the ball. He's been out playing Russell Westbrook every single night. The Oklahoma City Thunder have split their last eight road games.
The Thunder fell behind in third quarter but didn't panic with plenty of time left on the clock and they responded in emphatic fashion to silence the crowd. "He is going to give it his all". "We're down 3-1, but we have to take it one game at a time".
"Points", George said. "Score more points". We understood what we wanted to accomplish tonight and we didn't want anything to get in the way. We'll get in the rhythm.
"We're not anxious about the Thunder", McCollum said.
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