The Thunder lost the first two games of the series on the road and looked like a completely different team when they played on Oklahoma City on Friday. Schroder said he saw Lillard do it in the first two games and was just returning the favor.
The Thunder finished the game on a 12-5 run to defeat the Trail Blazers, 120-108, cutting the Trail Blazers' lead in the best-of-7 series to 2-1.
Here, watch it again. With the series now at 2-1, they will be hoping for another solid game in front of their home crowd as they try to even the series on Sunday.
Case in point, at season end the OKC Thunder were in free fall having lost 13 of their 20 games coming out of the break and dropped to the eighth seed.
However, Lillard played down the ongoing feud with 2017 MVP Westbrook. Westbrook set a tone early with his trademark intensity but cranked it to another level as the Thunder built a lead in the third quarter.
Thunder radio play-by-play announcer Matt Pinto says he expects the Thunder to do a better job at throwing bodies at Lillard and McCollum and he believes this series could take a turn in OKC.
Lillard engaged with some more talk shortly afterward with George, and then Westbrook joined in, with Westbrook eventually picking up a technical foul with 41.5 seconds left.
"They've been hitting shots all year", Westbrook said.
George was also involved in the back and forth and he threw down a dunk after time expired that did not impress Lillard.
"So, it's amusing when they try to say me and Russ hate each other and all this stuff". They are shooting 45 percent from the field and 40 percent from three-point range through their first three playoff games. "The game had been decided". I think in the second game, they tried to take a lot of those away. If they can not do a better job on defense, they will have a hard time winning this game.
Asked why he made a decision to throw down the dunk, George said, "Next question".