Damian Lillard sparks Portland past OKC for 3-1 lead

Damian Lillard sparks Portland past OKC for 3-1 lead

Damian Lillard sparks Portland past OKC for 3-1 lead

"And my part in it, I think, was probably my most important performance".

The shot gave the Trail Blazers a 4-1 series win over Oklahoma City. Denver won 108-90 earlier in the night to take a 3-2 lead in that series. A team with limited offensive options like the Thunder needs its star players to play well every night. 29 points, 14 assists, 11 rebounds. "We let this one slip away but it is what it is". The seconds ticked off the clock and at a certain point - somewhere around three or four seconds - it became obvious Lillard was going to shoot it. Six of those field goals were 3-pointers. The Portland Trail Blazers are averaging 109.3 points on 44.1 percent shooting and allowing 102.8 points on 41.3 percent shooting. McCollum has a higher PER than both Westbrook and George, scoring 26.3 points on 20.5 shots per game.

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.

"That's a bad, bad shot. You live with it".

Afterward, CJ McCollum didn't want to reveal the nature of his discussion with Damian Lillard. Despite some of their losses, the Thunder gave numerous gut punches to the Blazers that would have seen previous iterations of this team fold. He missed his final 10 shots. With the Moda Center rocking, the Thunder responded by closing the quarter on a 15-2 run following a pair of buckets from Westbrook.

The Blazers have been dominant in Portland this season, going 32-9 at home before taking the first two games of the series in Portland.

With a tie game, the Blazers didn't exactly need a three-point shot.

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The Thunder also got knocked out in the opening round for the past two seasons.

The victor of the Houston-Utah series will face the victor of the Golden State Warriors-Los Angeles Clippers series.

First, here's the shot in the event that you missed it from last night.

Enes Kanter, who played much of the game with what he believes may be a separated shoulder, marveled at Lillard's performance. 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. George collected his third foul midway through the quarter after scoring 17 points.

According to oddsmakers, the Blazers are favored at home, as they are getting odds of -4 points against the Thunder.

The second half was filled with runs. For now, teammates and coaches were impressed with Kanter's ability to play with pain.

The Portland Trail Blazers look for a victory to advance to the next round and gain extra rest. It was the first time Nurkic had joined the team in the playoffs.

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