His final 3-pointer of the game came on a possession where Lillard was right in his face and Westbrook let Lillard hear it after the ball went through, talking to him the entire way down the court. He dished out four assists in the final frame, opting to pass up shots with the defence collapsing on him due to his hot hand. Everything went wrong for the Thunder during the closing stretch, as Westbrook and George each committed turnovers, Westbrook missed three shots, and George missed a pair of free throws.
Speaking of press conferences, here is Lillard talking about the shot after the game.
The chippiness and the Thunder's antics were on full display in front of their home crowd.
When asked to explain his post-game wave, Lillard explained it was a response to Oklahoma's antics after winning Game 3 of the series.
When George faced the Blazers this season, he wasn't just scoring, but playmaking to the tune of 5.5 assists per game in four regular-season contests against them.
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"Sometimes it's your turn to go through something, and when you keep fighting, and keep working through it, and stay together, there's a reward waiting for you", Lillard said after the win.
"I think after Game 3 Dennis Schroder was out there pointing to his wrist". They were out there doing all these celebrations and doing all this stuff and we kept our composure.
"After one win, that was what they made a decision to do".
LA is now in need of a Game 4 win if they want to avoid going back to Oracle Arena with their backs against the wall.
The talk of the National Basketball Association at the moment is all about Damian Lillard, and deservedly so thanks to his dominating performance in the 1st rd of the playoffs, where many experts believe he clearly outplayed another National Basketball Association superstar in Russell Westbrook.
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Fognini raised both arms in apology, and then superbly put away a volley at full stretch on the next point to clinch the set. But after saving one match point, the Russian player tamely hit a return long on his opponent's next opportunity.
It was the 12th straight road playoff loss for the Thunder, who have been eliminated in the opening round for three straight seasons.
"Damian's performance was probably the best performance I've seen in person", Blazers coach Terry Stotts said post-match.
It was a disappointing end to the season for Westbrook, who added a triple-double comprising 29 points, 11 rebounds and 14 assists. "I don't care what anybody says, that's a bad shot".
Lillard is the story of the playoffs so far, and to explain what makes this so enjoyable, context is important. In 2019, the score was tied and Portland would have headed to overtime with a miss. "We stuck to the game plan for a lot of the time, and also our scramble situations were pretty good".
"Happens to the best of us", Parsons wrote on Twitter Tuesday, following Lillard's déjà vu dagger. At the last second, he stepped towards me a little bit and I was like, "Okay, I'm gonna pound dribble, side step, raise up".
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