Published On: Sat, Apr 20th, 2019

Westbrook, Thunder trim Blazers’ series lead

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The Thunder cut their series deficit to 2-1 as Russell Westbrook outduels Damian Lilliard and the Blazers

Published 1:31 PM, April 20, 2019

Updated 1:31 PM, April 20, 2019

EXPLOSIVE. Russell Westbrook puts the Thunder back in the series with the Blazers. Photo by NBA Twitter

EXPLOSIVE. Russell Westbrook puts the Thunder back in the series with the Blazers. Photo by NBA Twitter

MANILA, Philippines – It turned out to be a scoring showdown between Oklahoma City’s Russell Westbrook and Portland’s Damian Lillard.

In the end, tough, Westbrook and the Thunder edged Lillard and the Trail Blazers, 120-108, in Game 3 of their first-round duel in the NBA Western Conference playoffs on Friday, April 19 (Saturday, April 20, Manila time).

Westbrook erupted for 33 points, dished out 11 assists and pulled down 5 rebounds as the Thunder trimmed the Blazers’ series lead to 2-1.

Paul George buried 22 points on top of 6 boards and 6 assists and Jerami Grant also fired 18 points on a 4-of-5 shooting from three-point range for the Thunder.

“We got back to what we’ve been doing all year,” said Grant. “We never felt that we’re out of the series.”

Lillard also had a sizzling night for the Blazers, unleashing 25 of his 32 points in the 3rd quarter.

Denis Schroder collected 17 points, 6 assists and 5 boards for the Thunder, who pulled away from an 89-89 deadlock in the final quarter with Westbrook, Grant and Schroeder fueling the late charge.

Steven Adams also had 10 points and 7 rebounds for the Thunder.

CJ McCollum likewise starred for the No. 3 Blazers with 21 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists while Enes Kanter chipped in 19 points.

Game 4 is set Sunday also in Oklahoma. –

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