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"I don't care what anybody says".

"Happens to the best of us", Parsons wrote on Twitter Tuesday, following Lillard's déjà vu dagger.

"Well", he said with a broad smile, "it's a lot more entertaining to watch him do it than to have him do it to you". For Lillard, it has become maybe his most lethal. "We know what to do".

He's the difference here, the reason why you go with the Blazers and that slight edge. "It's about us; not them". In the postseason, the teams have each won two previous series though the Trail Blazers own an 11-9 edge in head to head playoff victories.

"The game, the series was over and that was it", Lillard said.

The Blazers, who closed the game on a 26-8 run, move on to a second-round series against the victor of the Denver-San Antonio series, which the Nuggets lead 3-2.

Earlier, Lillard had kept Portland in contention nearly single-handedly, playing all 24 minutes of the first half and knocking down 12 of 18 shot attempts to score 34 points by the break.

But each of the Portland starters made major contributions. Al Farouq Aminu added 19 points and nine rebounds. Moe Harkless contributed 15 points, 10 rebounds and three blocked shots.

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The Thunder shot only.375 from the field as the Blazers held them below 100 points for the third time in the series. Tied at 115. Russell Westbrook went for the lead on a layup late, but missed.

"We don't focus on our doubters; we focus on ourselves". Multiple times we had discussions about not saying anything to anyone. If Westbrook continues to struggle, OKC has no chance. At that point, he was playing to the crowd like Brock Lesnar. The Thunder then went on a 15-2 run themselves.

The seven-point lead proved the high-water mark for the Thunder.

Portland used a 12-2 run to go in front 84-75.

If not for joining the Blazers, Kanter might not have had the opportunity to prove his playoff ability, having missed the postseason a year ago in NY.

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And his wave to Thunder players. The 50 points marked his personal playoff career-high, the Blazers' playoff franchise record, and the most points scored in a game during the 2019 National Basketball Association playoffs.

"There wasn't any of the peripheral stuff", Stotts said.

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George, seemingly stunned by Lillard's game-winner, insisted that his defense on the play had been sufficient by any normal standard.

Following the contest, Heat star Josh Richardson and the recently retired Dwyane Wade both felt compelled to celebrate Lillard's incredible shot on social media. "I don't think it worries anybody on this team".

"It wasn't taken away", he said. When I'm in the paint, I find guys on the perimeter. That time I actually broke the play.

Last week when Lillard was in Oklahoma City going through a workout, his trainer Phil Beckner suggested Lillard shoot a few deeps ones from near midcourt. OKC has been frightful for the most part offensively in this series, and it's even worse when the Trail Blazers have it going from their star guards. CJ McCollum's bank shot cut Oklahoma City's lead to 113-109 with 1:39 left.

"Points", George said. "Score more points". Westbrook had no answer whatsoever for Lillard's dribble penetration, allowing him to get to whatever spot he wanted. We'll get in the rhythm.

That will be hard to do in the unfriendly confines of Moda Center.

Dame was isolated on Paul George, a Defensive Player of the Year candidate, with the game clock winding down.

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