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Lillard sparks Portland past Oklahoma City for 3-1 lead

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Russell Westbrook went cold just when Dame Time hit in the third quarter again.

Now time's almost up for the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Damian Lillard scored 15 of his 24 points in the third quarter, and the Portland Trail Blazers held Westbrook without a basket in the second half in beating the Thunder 111-98 on Sunday night to take a 3-1 lead in their series.

Lillard had another big third quarter after scoring 25 points in the period in a Game 3 loss Friday. In this game, the All-Star point guard was 5 of 7 in the third to help Portland take control for good.

''I didn't feel the need to get overly aggressive in the first half, once I saw how the game was going,'' he said. ''But then in the third, I felt like that was the time when we needed to hit the gas.''

Lillard made his first basket with 1:14 left in the first half after missing his first six shots, but he had seven assists before the break.

''We've kind of come to expect it,'' Portland coach Terry Stotts said. ''He manages the game. He senses the moment when we need him to do different things. He's an ultimate competitor. He is going to give it his all.''

C.J. McCollum scored 27 points, Al-Farouq Aminu had 19 points and nine rebounds, and Maurice Harkless added 15 points and 10 rebounds for the Trail Blazers.

Portland can close out the series Tuesday at home.

Paul George had 32 points and 10 rebounds for Oklahoma City. Dennis Schroder added 17 points.

Westbrook scored 14 points on 5-for-21 shooting. He missed his final 10 shots and was 0 for 7 with one point in the second half.

''Sometimes you have nights like that,'' he said. ''That happens sometimes. But it just wasn't good enough for us to get the win.''

George missed most of the second quarter with three fouls, but the Thunder hung tough and led for much of the period. Lillard hit a 3-pointer in the final minute to give Portland the lead, then Aminu hit a 3 with 3.9 seconds left as the Trail Blazers took a 50-46 edge into the break.

Lillard hit deep back-to-back 3s 27 seconds apart to give Portland a 66-54 lead. The Trail Blazers stretched the lead to 19 in the third before the Thunder closed the gap. George hit a 3-pointer from the corner in the closing seconds to cut Portland's lead to 79-68.

A 3-pointer by Schroder pulled Oklahoma City within 97-87 with 3:35 remaining, but the Trail Blazers maintained control.

Now, the Thunder will try to fight off elimination.

''Honestly, regardless of what the series is, it's always one game at a time,'' George said. ''You play one game. You leave everything in one game and go to the next one. It makes no difference when you're down 3-1 - you've got to take it one game at a time, regardless.''

TIP-INS

Trail Blazers: Lillard was just 2 of 8 in the first half and scored seven points. ... Made 22 of 23 free throws. ... Outrebounded the Thunder 41-38.

Thunder: Thunder coach Billy Donovan was called for a technical in the first quarter for arguing a no-call against Steven Adams. ... Shot 37.5 percent from the field. ... Westbrook had nine rebounds and seven assists.

HE SAID IT

Lillard, on Portland's effort to avoid the trash talking and distractions from Game 3: ''We're not going to go out there and get in any shouting matches, back and forth and all that stuff. We're going to focus on the stuff that we need to focus on that's going to give us a chance to win the game. I was proud of how our team stuck to that.''

STAT LINES

Westbrook has made just 29 of 80 shots in the series (36.3 percent).

HOT SHOOTING

McCollum made 5 of 9 3-pointers on Sunday. He has made 16 of 31 3s in the series.

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1st Quarter

Time Team Play Score
12:00   Jumpball  
11:37   Jerami Grant missed driving layup  
11:36   Defensive rebound by Enes Kanter  
11:06   Paul George missed driving layup, blocked by CJ McCollum  
11:06   Defensive rebound by Damian Lillard  
10:35 +3 Paul George made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Russell Westbrook 5-3
10:15   Defensive rebound by Jerami Grant  
10:03   Offensive foul on Russell Westbrook  
10:03   Turnover on Russell Westbrook  
9:52   Unsportsmanlike technical foul  
9:52 +1 Damian Lillard made free throw 6-3
9:47   Personal foul on Paul George  
9:38   Defensive rebound by Terrance Ferguson  
9:31   OKC team rebound  
9:31   Unsportsmanlike technical foul  
9:31 +1 Damian Lillard made free throw 7-3
9:27   Personal foul on Enes Kanter  
9:23 +2 Paul George made jump shot, assist by Russell Westbrook 7-5
9:03   Offensive foul on CJ McCollum  
9:03   Turnover on CJ McCollum  
8:55 +3 Russell Westbrook made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Terrance Ferguson 7-8
8:33   Enes Kanter missed jump shot  
8:31   Offensive rebound by Maurice Harkless  
8:31   Maurice Harkless missed dunk  
8:29   Defensive rebound by Steven Adams  
8:13   Defensive rebound by Al-Farouq Aminu  
8:08 +2 Al-Farouq Aminu made floating jump shot 9-8
7:56 +2 Paul George made driving layup 9-10
7:38   CJ McCollum missed driving layup  
7:36   Defensive rebound by Steven Adams  
7:27   Defensive rebound by Damian Lillard  
7:19   Defensive rebound by Jerami Grant  
7:08 +2 Steven Adams made layup, assist by Paul George 9-12
6:40   Damian Lillard missed 3-pt. jump shot  
6:37   Defensive rebound by Terrance Ferguson  
6:30 +2 Russell Westbrook made jump shot 9-14
6:14   Bad pass turnover on Damian Lillard, stolen by Steven Adams  
6:00   Steven Adams missed dunk  
5:57   Defensive rebound by Enes Kanter  
5:52 +3 CJ McCollum made 3-pt. jump shot 12-14
5:37   Defensive rebound by Damian Lillard  
5:27   Maurice Harkless missed 3-pt. jump shot  
5:16   Offensive rebound by Steven Adams  
5:13   Personal foul on Maurice Harkless  
5:09   Terrance Ferguson missed jump shot  
5:06   Defensive rebound by Al-Farouq Aminu  
4:57   Maurice Harkless missed layup, blocked by Paul George  
4:50   Bad pass turnover on Paul George, stolen by Al-Farouq Aminu  
4:45 +2 Maurice Harkless made dunk, assist by Damian Lillard 14-14
4:31 +2 Steven Adams made jump shot, assist by Paul George 14-16
4:14   CJ McCollum missed 3-pt. jump shot  
4:11   POR team rebound  
3:56   24-second shot clock violation turnover  
3:49 +2 Russell Westbrook made jump shot 14-18
3:19   Bad pass turnover on Terrance Ferguson, stolen by Rodney Hood  
3:15 +2 Al-Farouq Aminu made layup, assist by Damian Lillard 18-18
3:15   Shooting foul on Dennis Schroder  
3:15 +1 Al-Farouq Aminu made free throw 19-18
3:07   Shooting foul on Meyers Leonard  
3:07   Russell Westbrook missed 1st of 2 free throws  
3:07   OKC team rebound  
2:57 +2 Meyers Leonard made layup 21-19
2:50   Russell Westbrook missed jump shot  
2:47   Defensive rebound by Zach Collins  
2:35 +2 Zach Collins made hook shot, assist by Damian Lillard 23-19
2:19   Paul George missed turnaround jump shot  
2:10   Defensive rebound by Nerlens Noel  
2:12   Dennis Schroder missed 3-pt. jump shot  
2:04   POR team rebound  
1:50   Meyers Leonard missed 3-pt. jump shot  
1:46   Defensive rebound by Paul George  
1:37 +3 Markieff Morris made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Paul George 23-22
1:12 +3 Zach Collins made 3-pt. turnaround jump shot, assist by Damian Lillard 26-22
1:00   Bad pass turnover on Paul George, stolen by Meyers Leonard  
0:44   Damian Lillard missed jump shot  
0:43   Defensive rebound by Dennis Schroder  
0:31 +2 Nerlens Noel made dunk, assist by Markieff Morris 26-24
0:11   Damian Lillard missed 3-pt. jump shot  
0:08   OKC team rebound  
0:04   Paul George missed 3-pt. jump shot  
0:00   Defensive rebound by Meyers Leonard  
0:00   End of period  

2nd Quarter

Time Team Play Score
11:54   Personal foul on Raymond Felton  
11:37   Defensive rebound by Dennis Schroder  
11:20   Paul George missed jump shot  
11:17   Defensive rebound by Evan Turner  
11:11   Rodney Hood missed 3-pt. jump shot  
11:09   OKC team rebound  
10:59 +3 Raymond Felton made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Markieff Morris 26-27
10:34 +1 Rodney Hood made 1st of 2 free throws 27-27
10:28   Shooting foul on Meyers Leonard  
10:28 +1 Paul George made 1st of 2 free throws 28-28
10:28 +1 Paul George made 2nd of 2 free throws 28-29
10:04   Offensive rebound by Evan Turner  
10:04   Evan Turner missed dunk, blocked by Markieff Morris  
10:03   Defensive rebound by Dennis Schroder  
9:43   Bad pass turnover on Evan Turner, stolen by Paul George  
9:35 +2 Dennis Schroder made reverse layup 28-31
9:15   Defensive rebound by Paul George  
9:13   Offensive foul on Paul George  
8:50   Lost ball turnover on Zach Collins, stolen by Nerlens Noel  
8:43   Defensive rebound by Evan Turner  
8:37   CJ McCollum missed driving layup  
8:34   Defensive rebound by Markieff Morris  
8:29 +2 Raymond Felton made jump shot 28-33
8:15 +2 Maurice Harkless made dunk, assist by Zach Collins 30-33
8:01   Bad pass turnover on Dennis Schroder, stolen by CJ McCollum  
7:54   Zach Collins missed layup  
7:52   Offensive rebound by Zach Collins  
7:48   Personal foul on Dennis Schroder  
7:43 +2 CJ McCollum made jump shot 32-33
7:24   Personal foul on Zach Collins  
7:16   Steven Adams missed hook shot, blocked by Maurice Harkless  
6:59   Defensive rebound by Steven Adams  
6:52   Bad pass turnover on Dennis Schroder, stolen by Seth Curry  
6:38   Maurice Harkless missed driving layup  
6:27   Defensive rebound by Maurice Harkless  
6:14   Russell Westbrook missed driving layup, blocked by Zach Collins  
6:12   Offensive rebound by Russell Westbrook  
6:12   Offensive foul on Russell Westbrook  
6:12   Turnover on Russell Westbrook  
5:54 +2 Steven Adams made dunk, assist by Dennis Schroder 32-35
5:34   Maurice Harkless missed layup  
5:31   POR team rebound  
5:29   Violation  
5:21 +3 Maurice Harkless made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Damian Lillard 35-35
4:52   Lost ball turnover on Jerami Grant, stolen by Maurice Harkless  
4:34   Damian Lillard missed driving layup  
4:29   Offensive rebound by Enes Kanter  
4:29 +2 Enes Kanter made dunk 37-35
4:24 +3 Raymond Felton made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Russell Westbrook 37-38
3:57 +3 Jerami Grant made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Russell Westbrook 37-41
3:34 +2 CJ McCollum made jump shot 39-41
3:23   Russell Westbrook missed jump shot  
3:20   Defensive rebound by Maurice Harkless  
3:11   Traveling violation turnover on Maurice Harkless  
2:59 +2 Russell Westbrook made jump shot 39-43
2:41   Defensive rebound by Jerami Grant  
2:31 +3 Russell Westbrook made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Jerami Grant 39-46
2:18   Personal foul on Jerami Grant  
2:12 +3 CJ McCollum made 3-pt. jump shot 42-46
1:59   Lost ball turnover on Russell Westbrook, stolen by Damian Lillard  
1:53   Traveling violation turnover on Damian Lillard  
1:37   Lost ball turnover on Steven Adams, stolen by Enes Kanter  
1:33   Maurice Harkless missed 3-pt. jump shot  
1:33   Defensive rebound by Raymond Felton  
1:23   Russell Westbrook missed jump shot  
1:21   Defensive rebound by Enes Kanter  
1:14 +2 Damian Lillard made fade-away jump shot 44-46
1:01   Personal foul on Damian Lillard  
0:55   Russell Westbrook missed jump shot  
0:52   Defensive rebound by Maurice Harkless  
0:32 +3 Damian Lillard made 3-pt. jump shot 47-46
0:26   Russell Westbrook missed driving layup, blocked by Enes Kanter  
0:23   Defensive rebound by Maurice Harkless  
0:03 +3 Al-Farouq Aminu made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Damian Lillard 50-46
0:00   Terrance Ferguson missed 3-pt. jump shot  
0:00   OKC team rebound  
0:00   End of period  

3rd Quarter

Time Team Play Score
11:40 +2 CJ McCollum made floating jump shot, assist by Enes Kanter 52-46
11:22   Russell Westbrook missed 3-pt. jump shot  
11:19   Offensive rebound by Russell Westbrook  
11:18   Personal foul on CJ McCollum  
11:10   Paul George missed 3-pt. jump shot  
11:07   Defensive rebound by Enes Kanter  
10:57 +3 Al-Farouq Aminu made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by CJ McCollum 55-46
10:44 +2 Paul George made jump shot, assist by Russell Westbrook 55-48
10:28   Damian Lillard missed driving layup  
10:22 +3 Terrance Ferguson made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Paul George 55-51
9:50   Defensive rebound by Paul George  
9:43   Paul George missed 3-pt. jump shot  
9:39   POR team rebound  
9:22   Defensive rebound by Russell Westbrook  
9:14   Defensive rebound by Maurice Harkless  
9:10 +3 Damian Lillard made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by CJ McCollum 58-51
9:00   Personal foul on Damian Lillard  
8:48 +3 Jerami Grant made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Paul George 58-54
8:21 +2 Maurice Harkless made driving layup, assist by CJ McCollum 60-54
8:00 +3 Damian Lillard made 3-pt. jump shot 63-54
7:45   Terrance Ferguson missed 3-pt. jump shot  
7:43   Defensive rebound by Al-Farouq Aminu  
7:33 +3 Damian Lillard made 3-pt. jump shot 66-54
7:17   Paul George missed 3-pt. jump shot  
7:15   POR team rebound  
7:00   Enes Kanter missed jump shot  
6:57   Defensive rebound by Russell Westbrook  
6:45   Defensive rebound by Maurice Harkless  
6:37   Al-Farouq Aminu missed 3-pt. jump shot  
6:33   Defensive rebound by Paul George  
6:29   Personal foul on Enes Kanter  
6:22   Bad pass turnover on Paul George, stolen by Maurice Harkless  
6:18 +2 Damian Lillard made dunk 68-54
6:03 +3 Paul George made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Steven Adams 68-57
5:45   Shooting foul on Steven Adams  
5:45 +1 Damian Lillard made 1st of 2 free throws 69-57
5:45 +1 Damian Lillard made 2nd of 2 free throws 70-57
5:32   Russell Westbrook missed 3-pt. jump shot  
5:28   Defensive rebound by Al-Farouq Aminu  
5:14   Al-Farouq Aminu missed hook shot  
5:03   Defensive rebound by Enes Kanter  
4:45 +3 Al-Farouq Aminu made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Enes Kanter 73-57
4:33   Terrance Ferguson missed 3-pt. jump shot  
4:31   Defensive rebound by Al-Farouq Aminu  
4:08   Offensive rebound by Enes Kanter  
4:08 +1 Enes Kanter made 1st of 2 free throws 74-57
4:08 +1 Enes Kanter made 2nd of 2 free throws 75-57
3:53 +2 Dennis Schroder made floating jump shot 75-59
3:24   Defensive rebound by Jerami Grant  
3:19   Shooting foul on Enes Kanter  
3:19 +1 Dennis Schroder made 1st of 2 free throws 75-60
3:19   Dennis Schroder missed 2nd of 2 free throws  
3:18   POR team rebound  
2:59   Lost ball turnover on Enes Kanter, stolen by Jerami Grant  
2:44   Defensive rebound by Enes Kanter  
2:12   Dennis Schroder missed driving layup  
2:11   Defensive rebound by Enes Kanter  
1:55 +2 Damian Lillard made jump shot 79-60
1:40   Bad pass turnover on Dennis Schroder, stolen by Enes Kanter  
1:32   CJ McCollum missed driving layup  
1:30   Defensive rebound by Russell Westbrook  
1:25   Jerami Grant missed driving dunk, blocked by Maurice Harkless  
1:25   OKC team rebound  
1:18 +2 Dennis Schroder made jump shot 79-62
0:54   Defensive rebound by Paul George  
0:45   Shooting foul on Enes Kanter  
0:45   Paul George missed 1st of 2 free throws  
0:45   OKC team rebound  
0:45 +1 Paul George made 2nd of 2 free throws 79-63
0:32   Al-Farouq Aminu missed 3-pt. jump shot  
0:29   OKC team rebound  
0:29   Personal foul on Damian Lillard  
0:29 +1 Paul George made 1st of 2 free throws 79-64
0:29 +1 Paul George made 2nd of 2 free throws 79-65
0:18   Personal foul on Markieff Morris  
0:11   Damian Lillard missed floating jump shot  
0:09   Defensive rebound by Paul George  
0:02 +3 Paul George made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Dennis Schroder 79-68
0:00   End of period