Westbrook, Thunder halve Blazers' series edge

Westbrook, Thunder halve Blazers' series edge

Durant received a lot of backlash from the media for how he handled facing Patrick Beverley in the first two games of the National Basketball Association playoff series (mostly Game 2).

Heading to the bench with 50.8 seconds left and the Thunder leading his Blazers 118-106, Lillard had heard enough of Russell Westbrook's barking.

He definitely did that Friday, shooting 11 of 22 from the floor while adding 11 assists and five rebounds. The Thunder made 15-29 3pt FG (51.7%) as a team in the game. Lillard and C.J. McCollum combined for less free throw attempts (14) than Paul George in the game (17).

Game 4 will take place on Sunday night, and the Thunder will also need to win that one if they hope to head back to Portland for Game 5 with the series tied at two games apiece.

And the most memorable play from the game came on the defensive end for Westbrook, when he chased down Lillard and blocked his layup from behind in such a lovely way early in the third quarter.

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From the start of this playoff series, Damian Lillard said he didn't want it to come to this.

Adams, who had 10 points and seven rebounds, said the Thunder's defensive effort was key yesterday.

The Thunder and Blazers exchanged the lead seven times in the first quarter, and Portland led 22-21 after one period.

Lillard was quiet in the fourth, not scoring again until less than two minutes remained with the Thunder ahead by 12.

The Blazers lost their eighth consecutive road playoff game.

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