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Oklahoma City Thunder at Portland Trail Blazers predictions, picks and best bets

Oklahoma City Thunder at Portland Trail Blazers predictions, picks and best bets

"Play one game. Give everything in one game, and go to the next". Portland has a chance to finish off the series at home Tuesday. George led the way for the Thunder with 36 points, and Westbrook recorded a triple-double - but his decision making down the stretch will give his detractors plenty to pick apart over the coming days.

Thanks to Lillard's shot (and McCollum's jumpers, and Maurice Harkless' free throws) Portland beat the Thunder, 118-115.

"He was like, "You're gonna hit one of these, '" Lillard said". "You were good tonight when we needed you".

The Thunder seemed to have stolen momentum in Game 3, getting a big night from Russell Westbrook and trolling Damian Lillard throughout their first win of the series.

The official play-by-play lists it as a 37-foot shot, but it hung in the air for almost two seconds, hitting the bottom of the net as the buzzer expired to lift the Trail Blazers in Game 5, 118-115.

The Thunder shot only.375 from the field as the Blazers held them below 100 points for the third time in the series.

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A three-pointer by Schroder cut Portland's lead to 97-87 with 3:35 remaining, but Portland maintained control.

Now, the Thunder will try to fight off elimination.

With George clearly being the hot-hand tonight, Westbrook, as we've seen for essentially all of the past decade, made a decision to take matters into his own hands. OKC was historically bad on the road in the first two games at the Moda Center and there's not a whole lo that's changed that makes you think this will be different. In this series, the Thunder are the ones down 3-1, and they will need a comeback like that to continue their postseason. Damian Lillard continued what has been a stellar series, posting 24 points on 7-of-19 shooting and eight assists, with 15 points coming in a pivotal third quarter. Outrebounded the Thunder 41-38.

Thunder: Donovan was called for a technical in the first quarter for a no-call against Steven Adams.

Lillard after hitting the shot waved goodbye to the Thunder, let his team mob him, and stared down the camera. A 21-6 run in the third quarter turned a 58-54 deficit into a 79-60 hole: Oklahoma City didn't get closer than seven with 1:31 to play in the game.

Lillard, on Portland's effort to avoid the trash talking and distractions from Game 3: "We're not going to go out there and get in any shouting matches, back and forth and all that stuff".


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