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Russell Westbrook 'a man of his word,' Thunder teammate Paul George says

Russell Westbrook 'a man of his word,' Thunder teammate Paul George says

In the first half of Game 3, OKC's stifling defense was on full display, holding the Blazers to just 39 points.

Paul George and particularly Russell Westbrook have been abysmal from three-point range through two games so far. So rock the baby on a jump shot?

Can't wait for Game 4 on Sunday night. "I'm going to make the right play".

The Blazers threatened to move toward a 3-0 series lead with a big third quarter during which Damian Lillard scored 25 of his 32 points, but the point guard was shut down in the fourth quarter as Oklahoma City took the victory.

The poor shooting in an ugly first half for both teams and how Lillard and Westbrook fared. McCollum hit a 3-pointer to tie the game at 89 early in the fourth.

"That's just how he is", said Blazers center Enes Kanter, a former teammate of Westbrook's in OKC.

Westbrook got the best of his counterpart, scoring 33 points to go with 11 assists and five rebounds.

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Hey, I won't kid you this isn't going to be easy, but this team can still take down the Blazers if they play to their identity of being a defensive first squad.

Portland is coming off its best shooting game of the series, shooting 47 percent from the floor, though they made just 12 of 31 3-pointers and got to the free-throw line 15 fewer times than Oklahoma City.

Jerami Grant had 18 and Dennis Schroder added 17. The Blazers missed a layup on their final possession and the ball tipped out ahead to George who threw down a reverse double-clutch dunk after the buzzer sounded.

Lillard said the Thunder were trying to make a statement. It don't matter. The game was over; the game was decided.

When asked about the dunk, George reiterated Westbrook's last answer in a tense news conference by saying: "Next question". I don't think we have anybody who is scared, who is gonna waver or back down. And he also hadn't done that, he hadn't pulled that out the first two games.

"I can't say that we really change too much", Stotts said.

The Oklahoma City Thunder have not had a ton of success in the postseason.


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