Thunder Digits: Thunder claim must-win game 3 in Oklahoma City.

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The Thunder won game three in Oklahoma City, cutting the 2-0 series deficit in half. The Thunder were favored by 8 points going into the game, and ended up winning by a final score of 120-108. The Thunder can win game four on Easter Sunday, and knot up the series 2-2. Some numbers from tonight’s game include:


The Thunder hit 15 three-pointers in Friday night’s game, tying a franchise playoff record. They had previously been 10-for-61 in the past two games. Gigantic improvement, and a big part of why the Thunder won. Jerami Grant and Terrance Ferguson hit seven threes combined, on nine shots total. In the previous two games, they shot a combined 2-for-15 from three-point range.


Paul George has made 8-of-29 three-point attempts. George is going to need to do better for the Thunder to win the series, as the Thunder will not shoot over 50 percent from three again without George going off.


The Thunder shot 39 free throws, making 31 of them, good for 79.5 percent. Paul George led the Thunder in free throw attempts with 17.


The amount of free throws Russell Westbrook has missed the whole series. Westbrook is 18-for-19 in three games.


The Thunder led by as many as 16 points, which came early in the third quarter. Portland came all the way back to tie the game in the fourth quarter, but the Thunder never trailed in the second half. Oklahoma City ended up winning by 12.


Oklahoma City had 27 assists tonight, which is seven more than they had in Game 2, and nine more than they had in game one. A big part of the increase in assists tonight is the Thunder shooting higher than 20 percent from three. Keep moving the ball and playing the right way.


Damian Lillard scored 25 of Portland’s 41 points in the third quarter. Lillard had previously scored four points in the first half. The Thunder were able to match Portland’s 41 points with 37 of their own in the third quarter, and hold Lillard to three points in the fourth quarter.


Portland committed 18 turnovers. 14 of them came in the first half, which resulted in 15 points for the Thunder. Only four turnovers were forced in the second half, good for three points. If the Thunder can play like they did in the first half, holding Lillard to only four points and forcing as many turnovers as they did, Oklahoma City will be in a great position.


There are four games left in the series, and Oklahoma City needs to take three of them to win the series. If the Thunder are going to win the series, they will need Paul George to hit more shots, the Thunder to shoot from three like they did tonight, and for Westbrook to keep his emotions in check. The home team has not lost a game yet, and hopefully, that will continue until game five in Portland.

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