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Westbrook leads Thunder past Trail Blazers, 120-108

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Russell Westbrook called his play in Game 2 ''unacceptable.''

It was more than acceptable in Game 3. He had 33 points and 11 assists and the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Portland Trail Blazers 120-108 on Friday night to cut their series deficit to 2-1.

Thunder forward Paul George called Westbrook a man of his word.

''He led, we got behind him and he put us on his back,'' George said.

George scored 22 points, Jerami Grant had 18 and Dennis Schroder 17 for the Thunder. They will host Game 4 of the best-of-seven series on Sunday night.

Damian Lillard scored 32 points, but he had just three in the fourth quarter after scoring 25 in the third. He made 8 of 11 shots in the third quarter, but missed all four of his field goals in the fourth.

''Their defense pretty much stayed the same,'' Lillard said of Oklahoma City's fourth-quarter strategy. ''They got a little more aggressive on the ball. Instead of just trying to stay in front of me, they were coming up a little higher.''

C.J. McCollum had 21 points and Enes Kanter added 19 for the Trail Blazers.

Oklahoma City closed the second quarter on a 10-1 run to take a 49-39 lead. Lillard was held to four points on 2 -for-6 shooting and the Trail Blazers shot 37.5% in the half.

George hit a 3-pointer, was fouled and made the free throw in the opening minutes of the second half to push Oklahoma City's lead to 55-43. Westbrook backed down Lillard, hit a bank shot and was fouled. Westbrook brought out his ''rock the baby'' celebration, then made the free throw to put Oklahoma City up by 15.

''I didn't even see him do it,'' Lillard said. ''A lot of times, I'm waiting for the ball to be inbounded, so I'm not looking at what's going on the other way. So rock the baby on a jump shot? I mean, you can do that all day.''

Whether Lillard was inspired or not, he scored 23 points the rest of the quarter to help cut Oklahoma City's lead to 86-82 at the end of the period. McCollum hit a 3-pointer to tie the game at 89 early in the fourth.

Oklahoma City regained control, then kept it. Westbrook hit a wild 26-foot 3-pointer over Lillard with 1:20 to go that put the Thunder up by 14, then he told Lillard all about it.

TIP-INS

Trail Blazers: Westbrook usually says ''Next question'' when Oklahoman columnist Berry Tramel asks him anything. During the pregame media session, Portland coach Terry Stotts went up to the podium with a smile, looked at Tramel and said, ''Go ahead, Berry. I'll answer your question,'' drawing laughter from the reporters. Westbrook gave Tramel his typical response after the game. ... F Maurice Harkless was called for a technical in the final minute for throwing his headband.

Thunder: Derek Williamson of Midwest City, Oklahoma, had 24 seconds to make a half-court shot for $20,000 from MidFirst Bank. He drained his last try. Later, Jesse Norman of Prague, Oklahoma, made one for another $20,000. ... Grant hit a 3-pointer in the opening minute after missing his first eight in the series. ... Westbrook was called for a technical in the final minute.

CONTROVERSIAL DUNK

George threw down a monster dunk right after time expired that didn't count.

Lillard wasn't impressed.

''Typically people say you shouldn't do stuff like that, but honestly, I really couldn't care less,'' he said. ''The game had been decided. If that's something that they needed to do to make themselves feel more dominant or feel better, then so be it.''

REVERSING COURSE

The Thunder made 10 of 61 3-pointers in the first two games in Portland. They made 15 of 29 in Game 3.

Grant made 4 of 5 3s and guard Terrance Ferguson made 3 of 4 attempts.

''They've been hitting shots all year,'' Westbrook said. ''I'm going to make the right play. The guys on the floor made the right play and I'm going to continue to trust my teammates.''

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Key Players
D. Lillard
0 PG
R. Westbrook
0 PG
37.5 Min. Per Game 37.5
19.0 Pts. Per Game 19.0
10.5 Ast. Per Game 10.5
9.5 Reb. Per Game 9.5
46.0 Field Goal % 40.7
43.1 Three Point % 39.5
84.0 Free Throw % 94.7
  Defensive rebound by Raymond Felton 0:03
  Anfernee Simons missed driving layup 0:03
+ 1 Paul George made 3rd of 3 free throws 0:19
  OKC team rebound 0:19
  Paul George missed 2nd of 3 free throws 0:19
+ 1 Paul George made 1st of 3 free throws 0:19
  OKC team rebound 0:19
  Paul George missed free throw 0:19
  Paul George missed free throw 0:19
  Unsportsmanlike technical foul 0:19
  Shooting foul on Maurice Harkless 0:19
Team Stats
Points 108 120
Field Goals 39-83 (47.0%) 37-77 (48.1%)
3-Pointers 12-31 (38.7%) 15-29 (51.7%)
Free Throws 18-24 (75.0%) 31-39 (79.5%)
Total Rebounds 50 48
Offensive 12 8
Defensive 29 29
Team 9 11
Assists 18 27
Steals 5 6
Blocks 1 5
Turnovers 18 15
Fouls 33 24
Technicals 3 1
32 PTS, 4 REB, 6 AST
33 PTS, 5 REB, 11 AST
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away team logo 3 Trail Blazers 2-1 22174326108
home team logo 6 Thunder 1-2 21283734120
Team Stats
away team logo Trail Blazers 2-1 109.7 PPG 45.2 RPG 19.8 APG
home team logo Thunder 1-2 105.2 PPG 43.2 RPG 22.6 APG
Key Players
D. Lillard PG 26.9 PPG 4.8 RPG 6.6 APG 41.8 FG%
R. Westbrook PG 22.8 PPG 9.0 RPG 10.6 APG 36.0 FG%
Top Scorers
D. Lillard PG 32 PTS 4 REB 6 AST
R. Westbrook PG 33 PTS 5 REB 11 AST
47.0 FG% 48.1
38.7 3PT FG% 51.7
75.0 FT% 79.5
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
D. Lillard 32 4 6 10/21 3/9 9/10 3 36 2 0 4 1 3 -8 46
C. McCollum 21 7 7 7/16 5/8 2/4 2 36 1 0 3 0 7 -20 40
E. Kanter 19 5 1 9/14 0/1 1/2 5 29 0 0 1 3 2 -13 25
A. Aminu 9 9 2 3/9 3/7 0/0 4 32 0 0 1 3 6 -11 21
M. Harkless 7 3 1 3/9 0/2 1/2 6 33 1 1 4 2 1 -17 10
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
D. Lillard 32 4 6 10/21 3/9 9/10 3 36 2 0 4 1 3 -8 46
C. McCollum 21 7 7 7/16 5/8 2/4 2 36 1 0 3 0 7 -20 40
E. Kanter 19 5 1 9/14 0/1 1/2 5 29 0 0 1 3 2 -13 25
A. Aminu 9 9 2 3/9 3/7 0/0 4 32 0 0 1 3 6 -11 21
M. Harkless 7 3 1 3/9 0/2 1/2 6 33 1 1 4 2 1 -17 10
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
M. Leonard 8 3 0 4/5 0/1 0/0 4 13 0 0 1 1 2 +2 10
Z. Collins 4 4 1 2/2 0/0 0/0 3 14 0 0 0 1 3 +1 10
S. Curry 3 1 0 0/0 0/0 3/3 2 14 0 0 2 0 1 +7 2
R. Hood 3 2 0 1/4 1/3 0/0 4 20 1 0 1 0 2 +2 5
A. Simons 2 0 0 0/1 0/0 2/3 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
E. Turner 0 3 0 0/2 0/0 0/0 0 6 0 0 1 1 2 -3 2
J. Layman 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
J. Nurkic - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
S. Labissiere - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
G. Trent Jr. - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 108 41 18 39/83 12/31 18/24 33 235 5 1 18 12 29 -60 173
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
R. Westbrook 33 5 11 11/22 4/6 7/8 3 37 0 1 5 0 5 +15 56
P. George 22 6 6 3/16 2/7 14/17 4 41 1 0 2 1 5 +10 39
J. Grant 18 2 1 6/7 4/5 2/2 2 32 0 2 0 1 1 +15 24
S. Adams 10 7 2 5/6 0/1 0/0 2 34 0 1 3 2 5 +18 19
T. Ferguson 9 2 0 3/5 3/4 0/0 4 17 0 0 1 1 1 +3 10
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
R. Westbrook 33 5 11 11/22 4/6 7/8 3 37 0 1 5 0 5 +15 56
P. George 22 6 6 3/16 2/7 14/17 4 41 1 0 2 1 5 +10 39
J. Grant 18 2 1 6/7 4/5 2/2 2 32 0 2 0 1 1 +15 24
S. Adams 10 7 2 5/6 0/1 0/0 2 34 0 1 3 2 5 +18 19
T. Ferguson 9 2 0 3/5 3/4 0/0 4 17 0 0 1 1 1 +3 10
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
D. Schroder 17 5 6 5/11 2/3 5/6 3 32 2 0 1 0 5 +12 35
M. Morris 7 6 0 2/6 0/2 3/4 3 15 1 0 0 1 5 -3 14
N. Noel 4 3 0 2/2 0/0 0/2 2 13 0 1 3 2 1 -6 5
A. Nader 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
D. Burton 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
R. Felton 0 1 1 0/2 0/1 0/0 1 14 2 0 0 0 1 -4 5
P. Patterson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Roberson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Grantham - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
H. Diallo - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Evans - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 120 37 27 37/77 15/29 31/39 24 237 6 5 15 8 29 +60 207