The Portland Trail Blazers has had its way, for the most part, with the Oklahoma City Thunder this series.
Following Sunday’s 111-98 victory over the Thunder, Portland now controls the series at 3-1 going back home for Game 5, which they have proved heavily this series is a strong advantage for them.
The Blazers picked up an early 2-0 lead in the series defeating the Thunder twice in Portland, 104-99 (Game 1) and 114-94 (Game 2), to kick things off. The Blazers took a tough loss on Friday night falling to OKC 120-108 with guys like Russell Westbrook and Paul George having dominant performances facilitating good basketball and generating good shots, while Terrance Ferguson and Jerami Grant stepped into the role of perimeter shooters making timely 3’s for the Thunder and leading the team to shoot above 50 percent from downtown.
Sunday night, however, was a different story.
The Thunder started the game off at a nice pace even with Portland taking an early 5-0 lead. Paul George was phenomenal on defense forcing turnovers and forcing powerhouses like Damian Lillard to start of 0-6 from the floor, but the Trail Blazers ended the first half on an 11-0 run going to the locker room with a 50-46 lead they were able to obtain in less than two minutes.
The Thunder was never able to regain control falling by as many as 19 in an absolutely abysmal third quarter where Lillard dropped 15 and Thunder shooting went ice cold.
OKC was able to cut the deficit to seven toward the middle of the fourth quarter with some timely shots from Paul George and Jerami Grant, but the Blazers kept a strong stride toward the end and walked away with their first playoff road win in two seasons.
The Trail Blazers lead the series now at 3-1 with a chance of eliminating the Thunder in Game 5 that will be in the Moda Center on Tuesday at 9:30 p.m. CT.
Watch below for Game 3 and Game 4 Postgame Wrap-Ups including quotes from Terry Stotts, Billy Donovan, Russell Westbrook, Paul George, CJ McCollum, and Damian Lillard.
Game 3: Thunder win 120-108
Game 4: Trail Blazers win 111-98