Damian Lillard gave coldest wave to Thunder after incredible shot

Trail Blazers Take Control In Third Quarter To Take 3-1 Lead Versus Thunder

It felt as if the entire Moda Center was shaking.

But Lillard wouldn't let the Blazers fall apart.

"You, too, boss man", McCollum said as Lillard put his arm around his teammate.

Lillard, who started 0-of-6 and didn't make his first shot until 1:15 left in the first half, cooked once again in the third quarter, finishing with 24 points on 7-of-19 shooting plus 8 assists. Incredible. Unbelievable - you pick your own adjective. He's shooting 30.4 percent from three-point range and 36.3 percent from the field this series. La'nae Lillard was sitting courtside and took a video of herself celebrating after the shot went in.

Trail Blazers: Lillard missed his first six shots. "Sometimes he takes pull-up 3 pointers and just having a presence - and those are the shots we're making available, I guess".

Outside of Westbrook's Game 3 performance in which he made four three-pointers, the point guard hasn't been almost efficient enough for the Thunder to compete with the Blazers.

There were so many things that happened down the stretch.

Paul George, who was defending Lillard on the final possession, said Lillard took a bad shot.

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. Any old point would close out the series. Post game Russ wasn't in the mood to talk about the free throws (likely because they lost) and made a point to say "I don't want to talk about free throws".

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Russell Westbrook followed by missing a go-ahead layup, setting up Lillard's game victor. "You play one game".

"When I was standing there, I was like, 'I'm going to, shoot it'". "The night he had, the shots that he made epitomized the last shot of the game".

Not with the basketball, though. "I mean, that's really all we can do".

There had been plenty of extracurricular activity involved in OKC's 120-108 Game 3 triumph, including Westbrook trash-talking and rockin' the baby, Dennis Schroder Lillard-timing and George after-hours dunking. They were out there doing all these celebrations and doing all this stuff. After one win, that's what they chose to do. "And when we win those four games, there's not going to be anything to talk about".

"So that's what it was".

With Game 4 between the Oklahoma City Thunder and Portland Trail Blazers set for Sunday night, the Thunder will enter the game as 5.5-point favorites.

After averaging 33 PPG and dropping 50 points in the clincher, that rock the cradle move needs to be retired. The Blazers will face the victor of the San Antonio Spurs-Denver Nuggets series.

Fittingly, the (very, very) deep ball gave Lillard an even 50 points for the game. This one, he said the pressure was off because a miss just meant overtime.

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