Starting with an 11-0 run to close out the first half, the Blazers quickly pulled away from the Thunder and notched a 111-98 Game 4 win to take a 3-1 lead in the series.
At the center of the Blazers’ win was a dramatic difference in point guard play, usually the Thunder’s avenue for winning games. Damian Lillard continued what has been a stellar series, posting 24 points on 7-of-19 shooting and eight assists, with 15 points coming in a pivotal third quarter.
Dame's 3-3 from 3 so far in the 3rd pic.twitter.com/8Jby8mT2On
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Meanwhile, Russell Westbrook posted a grand total of one point in the second half. The Thunder star finished a game to forget with 14 points on 5-of-21 shooting. He probably isn’t going to want to talk about that.
Lillard’s co-star for the game was, who else, C.J. McCollum, who had a team-high 27 points. While Lillard’s third-quarter performance gave the Blazers the lead, it was McCollum’s fourth quarter that kept the Thunder from mounting a true comeback.
Now, the Blazers find themselves needing just one win in the next three games, two of them at home, to advance.
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