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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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1st Quarter

Time Team Play Score
11:46   Backcourt turnover on Damian Lillard  
11:36 +3 Jerami Grant made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Russell Westbrook 0-3
11:14 +2 Maurice Harkless made dunk 2-3
10:59   Personal foul on Al-Farouq Aminu  
10:50   Lost ball turnover on Russell Westbrook, stolen by Damian Lillard  
10:24   Defensive rebound by Russell Westbrook  
10:19 +2 Russell Westbrook made driving layup 2-5
10:00   Backcourt turnover on CJ McCollum  
9:50   Offensive rebound by Terrance Ferguson  
9:46 +2 Steven Adams made dunk, assist by Russell Westbrook 2-7
9:25   Enes Kanter missed jump shot, blocked by Jerami Grant  
9:22   Defensive rebound by Steven Adams  
9:15   Defensive rebound by Enes Kanter  
9:04   Defensive rebound by Terrance Ferguson  
8:55   Defensive rebound by Enes Kanter  
8:46   Damian Lillard missed 3-pt. jump shot  
8:44   Defensive rebound by Paul George  
8:24   CJ McCollum missed 3-pt. jump shot  
8:20   Offensive rebound by Maurice Harkless  
8:21   Shooting foul on Terrance Ferguson  
8:21 +1 Maurice Harkless made 1st of 2 free throws 3-7
8:15   Maurice Harkless missed dunk  
8:12   Offensive rebound by Al-Farouq Aminu  
8:12   Al-Farouq Aminu missed dunk  
8:11   Defensive rebound by Paul George  
7:46 +3 Al-Farouq Aminu made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by CJ McCollum 6-7
7:29   Personal foul on Damian Lillard  
7:19   Defensive rebound by CJ McCollum  
7:16 +2 Maurice Harkless made dunk, assist by CJ McCollum 8-7
7:06   Lost ball turnover on Paul George  
7:06   Personal foul on Paul George  
7:06   Maurice Harkless missed hook shot  
6:50   Personal foul on Terrance Ferguson  
6:39   CJ McCollum missed turnaround jump shot  
6:36   Defensive rebound by Paul George  
6:24 +3 Terrance Ferguson made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Paul George 8-10
5:46   Paul George missed floating jump shot  
5:43   Defensive rebound by Al-Farouq Aminu  
5:37 +3 CJ McCollum made 3-pt. jump shot 11-10
5:23 +3 Russell Westbrook made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Steven Adams 11-13
5:00   Al-Farouq Aminu missed 3-pt. jump shot  
4:59   Defensive rebound by Paul George  
4:51   Offensive foul on Terrance Ferguson  
4:22   Bad pass turnover on Russell Westbrook, stolen by Damian Lillard  
4:14   Defensive rebound by Dennis Schroder  
3:42 +3 CJ McCollum made 3-pt. jump shot 16-16
3:20   Traveling violation turnover on Al-Farouq Aminu  
3:10   Out of bounds turnover on Nerlens Noel  
2:46   Rodney Hood missed 3-pt. jump shot  
2:42 +2 Damian Lillard made jump shot 18-16
2:25 +3 Dennis Schroder made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Raymond Felton 18-19
2:05   Al-Farouq Aminu missed 3-pt. jump shot  
2:01   Defensive rebound by Dennis Schroder  
1:49 +2 Russell Westbrook made layup 18-21
1:33 +2 Enes Kanter made driving layup, assist by Damian Lillard 20-21
1:16   Dennis Schroder missed jump shot  
1:15   Defensive rebound by Al-Farouq Aminu  
1:05   Enes Kanter missed turnaround jump shot, blocked by Jerami Grant  
0:59 +2 Enes Kanter made hook shot 22-21
0:59   Offensive rebound by Enes Kanter  
0:52   Personal foul on Damian Lillard  
0:37   Markieff Morris missed jump shot  
0:34   Defensive rebound by Evan Turner  
0:23   Bad pass turnover on Evan Turner, stolen by Raymond Felton  
0:00   End of period  

2nd Quarter

Time Team Play Score
11:35   Defensive rebound by Rodney Hood  
11:17   Lost ball turnover on Maurice Harkless, stolen by Raymond Felton  
11:17   Personal foul on Maurice Harkless  
10:56 +2 Nerlens Noel made layup, assist by Paul George 22-23
10:27   Defensive rebound by Dennis Schroder  
10:21   Dennis Schroder missed jump shot  
10:19   Defensive rebound by Zach Collins  
10:14   Personal foul on Markieff Morris  
10:14   Personal foul on Raymond Felton  
10:14 +1 Seth Curry made free throw 23-23
10:01 +2 Paul George made layup, assist by Dennis Schroder 23-25
10:01   Shooting foul on Seth Curry  
9:59   Defensive rebound by Maurice Harkless  
9:51   Offensive foul on Rodney Hood  
9:51   Turnover on Rodney Hood  
9:45   Personal foul on Rodney Hood  
9:33   Offensive goaltending turnover on Nerlens Noel  
9:25   Traveling violation turnover on Seth Curry  
9:01   Traveling violation turnover on Nerlens Noel  
8:45   Offensive rebound by Zach Collins  
8:42 +2 Zach Collins made dunk 25-25
8:28   Raymond Felton missed jump shot  
8:17   Evan Turner missed turnaround jump shot  
8:14   Defensive rebound by Markieff Morris  
8:09   Paul George missed floating jump shot  
8:06   Offensive rebound by Markieff Morris  
8:06   Markieff Morris missed dunk  
8:05   Defensive rebound by Evan Turner  
8:00   Rodney Hood missed 3-pt. jump shot  
7:54   Offensive foul on Maurice Harkless  
7:45   Russell Westbrook missed jump shot  
7:42   Defensive rebound by Meyers Leonard  
7:33 +2 Meyers Leonard made jump shot, assist by CJ McCollum 27-25
7:22   Personal foul on Meyers Leonard  
7:15 +2 Markieff Morris made jump shot, assist by Dennis Schroder 27-27
6:52   Meyers Leonard missed 3-pt. jump shot  
6:50   Defensive rebound by Markieff Morris  
6:34 +2 Steven Adams made dunk, assist by Russell Westbrook 27-29
6:15   CJ McCollum missed jump shot  
6:12   Defensive rebound by Markieff Morris  
6:04   Traveling violation turnover on Russell Westbrook  
5:51   Bad pass turnover on CJ McCollum, stolen by Markieff Morris  
5:47   Lost ball turnover on Russell Westbrook, stolen by Rodney Hood  
5:42   Offensive foul on Meyers Leonard  
5:25 +2 Steven Adams made reverse layup, assist by Russell Westbrook 27-31
5:01 +3 Al-Farouq Aminu made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Damian Lillard 30-31
4:41   Russell Westbrook missed 3-pt. jump shot  
4:38   Defensive rebound by Al-Farouq Aminu  
4:32   Personal foul on Paul George  
4:13   Personal foul on Meyers Leonard  
4:13 +1 Paul George made 1st of 2 free throws 30-32
4:13 +1 Paul George made 2nd of 2 free throws 30-33
3:52 +3 Rodney Hood made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by CJ McCollum 33-33
3:41   Personal foul on Rodney Hood  
3:41 +1 Markieff Morris made 1st of 2 free throws 33-34
3:41 +1 Markieff Morris made 2nd of 2 free throws 33-35
3:23 +2 Markieff Morris made alley-oop shot, assist by Russell Westbrook 33-37
3:03 +2 Enes Kanter made layup, assist by Damian Lillard 35-37
2:46 +2 Russell Westbrook made driving layup 35-39
2:32   Personal foul on Dennis Schroder  
2:25 +3 Al-Farouq Aminu made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by CJ McCollum 38-39
2:09   Bad pass turnover on Russell Westbrook, stolen by CJ McCollum  
2:01   Defensive rebound by Markieff Morris  
1:56 +3 Dennis Schroder made 3-pt. jump shot 38-42
1:33   Defensive rebound by Russell Westbrook  
1:26 +2 Steven Adams made jump shot, assist by Russell Westbrook 38-44
1:12   Personal foul on Paul George  
1:12   CJ McCollum missed 1st of 2 free throws  
1:12 +1 CJ McCollum made 2nd of 2 free throws 39-44
0:50   Personal foul on Al-Farouq Aminu  
0:50 +1 Paul George made 1st of 2 free throws 39-45
0:50 +1 Paul George made 2nd of 2 free throws 39-46
0:28   Offensive foul on Enes Kanter  
0:12   Shooting foul on Enes Kanter  
0:12   Unsportsmanlike technical foul  
0:12 +1 Paul George made free throw 39-47
0:12 +1 Russell Westbrook made 1st of 2 free throws 39-48
0:12 +1 Russell Westbrook made 2nd of 2 free throws 39-49
0:00   Out of bounds turnover on Damian Lillard  
0:00   Steven Adams missed 3-pt. jump shot  
0:00   OKC team rebound  
0:00   End of period  

3rd Quarter

Time Team Play Score
11:48   Russell Westbrook missed jump shot  
11:45   Defensive rebound by Damian Lillard  
11:38 +2 Damian Lillard made driving layup 41-49
11:29   Offensive foul on Steven Adams  
11:10   Enes Kanter missed 3-pt. jump shot  
11:01 +2 Steven Adams made jump shot, assist by Russell Westbrook 41-51
10:34 +2 Enes Kanter made hook shot, assist by Al-Farouq Aminu 43-51
10:22   Shooting foul on Maurice Harkless  
10:22 +1 Paul George made free throw 43-55
10:15   Damian Lillard missed driving layup, blocked by Russell Westbrook  
10:15   POR team rebound  
10:05   Defensive rebound by Jerami Grant  
10:00   Personal foul on Al-Farouq Aminu  
9:53 +2 Russell Westbrook made jump shot 43-57
9:53   Shooting foul on Damian Lillard  
9:53 +1 Russell Westbrook made free throw 43-58
9:38   Shooting foul on Steven Adams  
9:38 +1 Damian Lillard made 1st of 2 free throws 44-58
9:38 +1 Damian Lillard made 2nd of 2 free throws 45-58
9:27 +3 Terrance Ferguson made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Paul George 45-61
9:01   Paul George missed 3-pt. jump shot  
8:59   Defensive rebound by CJ McCollum  
8:47 +3 Jerami Grant made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Paul George 51-64
8:15   Personal foul on Russell Westbrook  
7:59   Paul George missed jump shot  
7:58   Offensive rebound by Steven Adams  
7:55   Paul George missed layup, blocked by Maurice Harkless  
7:51   Defensive rebound by Al-Farouq Aminu  
7:49 +2 Enes Kanter made dunk, assist by Al-Farouq Aminu 56-64
7:26   Shooting foul on Terrance Ferguson  
7:26 +1 Damian Lillard made 1st of 2 free throws 57-64
7:26 +1 Damian Lillard made 2nd of 2 free throws 58-64
7:17 +3 Terrance Ferguson made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Steven Adams 58-67
6:55   Defensive rebound by Steven Adams  
6:44   Offensive rebound by Jerami Grant  
6:37 +2 Jerami Grant made dunk, assist by Russell Westbrook 58-69
6:12   Russell Westbrook missed driving layup  
6:05 +3 Damian Lillard made 3-pt. jump shot 64-69
5:44   Terrance Ferguson missed driving layup  
5:44   OKC team rebound  
5:40   Shooting foul on Maurice Harkless  
5:40 +1 Russell Westbrook made 1st of 2 free throws 64-70
5:40 +1 Russell Westbrook made 2nd of 2 free throws 64-71
5:19   Damian Lillard missed 3-pt. jump shot  
5:14   Defensive rebound by Russell Westbrook  
5:03   Russell Westbrook missed jump shot  
5:00   Defensive rebound by Al-Farouq Aminu  
4:49   Defensive rebound by Dennis Schroder  
4:39   Personal foul on Al-Farouq Aminu  
4:39 +1 Paul George made 1st of 2 free throws 64-72
4:39 +1 Paul George made 2nd of 2 free throws 64-73
4:24 +2 CJ McCollum made driving layup 66-73
4:12 +3 Russell Westbrook made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Dennis Schroder 66-76
3:55   Bad pass turnover on Damian Lillard, stolen by Paul George  
3:52   Shooting foul on CJ McCollum  
3:52 +1 Paul George made 1st of 2 free throws 66-77
3:52 +1 Paul George made 2nd of 2 free throws 66-78
3:39   Damian Lillard missed driving layup  
3:39   Offensive rebound by Meyers Leonard  
3:39   Violation  
3:29   Markieff Morris missed 3-pt. jump shot  
3:27   POR team rebound  
3:27   Personal foul on Nerlens Noel  
3:16   Shooting foul on Markieff Morris  
3:16 +1 Damian Lillard made 1st of 2 free throws 69-78
3:16 +1 Damian Lillard made 2nd of 2 free throws 70-78
3:04   Markieff Morris missed 3-pt. jump shot  
2:56 +2 Damian Lillard made jump shot 72-78
2:33   Shooting foul on Rodney Hood  
2:33 +1 Dennis Schroder made 1st of 2 free throws 72-79
2:33 +1 Dennis Schroder made 2nd of 2 free throws 72-80
2:23   Personal foul on Jerami Grant  
2:23 +1 Seth Curry made 1st of 2 free throws 73-80
2:23 +1 Seth Curry made 2nd of 2 free throws 74-80
2:11   Out of bounds turnover on Dennis Schroder  
1:59 +2 Damian Lillard made reverse layup 76-80
1:40 +3 Jerami Grant made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Dennis Schroder 76-83
1:24 +2 Damian Lillard made driving layup 78-83
1:12   Personal foul on Seth Curry  
1:12   Dennis Schroder missed 1st of 2 free throws  
1:12   OKC team rebound  
1:12 +1 Dennis Schroder made 2nd of 2 free throws 78-84
0:54 +2 Meyers Leonard made dunk, assist by Damian Lillard 80-84
0:39   Paul George missed driving layup  
0:38   OKC team rebound  
0:32   Shooting foul on Zach Collins  
0:32 +1 Jerami Grant made 1st of 2 free throws 80-85
0:32 +1 Jerami Grant made 2nd of 2 free throws 80-86
0:18 +2 Damian Lillard made driving layup 82-86
0:02   Defensive rebound by Meyers Leonard  

4th Quarter

Time Tea