Damian Lillard Is the Best Story of the NBA Playoffs

Trail Blazers Take Control In Third Quarter To Take 3-1 Lead Versus Thunder

Lillard's walk-off three-pointer eclipsed Russell Westbrook's triple-double and gave the Blazers a 118-115 win to take the series, 4-1, on Tuesday.

Lillard finished with 50 points on the game, a Trail Blazers' franchise playoff record.

Lillard's co-star for the game was, who else, C.J. McCollum, who had a team-high 27 points.

"Sad to say, but it may be time to move on from Steven Adams".

"I was told we were down eight when he showed up", Portland coach Terry Stotts said. "He manages the game".

"We didn't do the things we were supposed to do". He's an ultimate competitor. "Play one game. Give everything in one game, and go to the next". Portland has to be feeling really good as they return home with those two players leading the way. Dennis Schroder added 17 points.

In addition to Lillards' success, CJ McCollum is tied for sixth on the playoff scoring list at 26 points per game.

"Sometimes you have nights like that", he said. First a 7-0 Thunder spurt to regain control, spurred by a Terrance Ferguson three-pointer and a Russell Westbrook to George transition bucket.

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By the Numbers Thunder players have led the last two games in scoring after Blazers Gs Damian Lillard did so in Games 1 and 2. That left Damian Lillard with 10 seconds and the ball.

The Thunder shot only.375 from the field as the Blazers held them below 100 points for the third time in the series. George hit a 3-pointer from the corner in the closing seconds to cut Portland's lead to 79-68.

Now, the Thunder will try to fight off elimination.

"We are a tough group", Harkless said to The Athletic.

"I just tried to play through it", Kanter said afterward.

For more on the Blazers' series-clinching victory, we have you covered with takeaways. "It makes no difference when you're down 3-1 - you've got to take it one game at a time, regardless". George had 20 points and Westbrook 12 for the Thunder before the break. Outrebounded the Thunder 41-38. I applauded Donovan when he called a first quarter timeout midway through the Thunder possession when it was obvious that Westbrook wasn't running the offense. George was 6 of 6 before missing, staking the Thunder to a 37-29 advantage after one quarter. Kanter has been a monster on the boards averaging 9.5 rebounds per game so far in the series.

"There's been a lot of back and forth, a lot of talk", Lillard said.

"What we want to do is win four games, and then when we win those four games, there's not going to be nothing to talk about, so that's what that was".

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