In the first half of Game 3, OKC's stifling defense was on full display, holding the Blazers to just 39 points.
Here, watch it again. He has won an MVP award, has been named to eight All-Star teams, a seven-time All-NBA player and has led the NBA in scoring and assists twice but has not played deep into the playoffs since K.D. left. Westbrook set a tone early with his trademark intensity but cranked it to another level as the Thunder built a lead in the third quarter.
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. Just as poorly as the OKC Thunder have shot in the two games at Portland, they could equally improve at Chesapeake to even up the series and then the pressure would fall back on the Blazers with all the momentum shifted into the favor the Thunder.
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From the start of this playoff series, Damian Lillard said he didn't want it to come to this. "That was the difference from game one and two to now". With Paul George battling a shoulder injury, the team has not played anywhere near the level they had previously in the year. "They needed to get a win and they got one".
OKC's All-Star point guard left everything he had on the floor, talking trash back-and-forth with Lillard all the way until the final buzzer.
"Typically people say you shouldn't do stuff like that, but honestly, I really couldn't care less", he said. It don't matter. The game was over; the game was decided. I think we did a great job of that. If they can not do a better job on defense, they will have a hard time winning this game.
When asked about the dunk, George reiterated Westbrook's last answer in a tense news conference by saying: "Next question".