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Russell Westbrook and Damian Lillard add fresh chapter to long-running feud

Thursday 16 January 2020 10:42, UK

Russell Westbrook #0 of the Houston Rockets handles the ball against Damian Lillard #0 of the Portland Trail Blazers 0:31
Russell Westbrook and Damian Lillard continue their feud during the Portland Trail Blazers' clash with the Houston Rockets

Russell Westbrook and Damian Lillard added a fresh chapter to their long-running feud during the Portland Trail Blazers' win over the Houston Rockets.

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The superstar guards have shared a dislike for one another for years, but their antipathy stepped up a notch last season.

Westbrook, then with the Oklahoma City Thunder, heckled Lillard as he shot free throws in a January 2019 regular season game. Previously, Westbrook had aimed his familiar 'rock-a-baby' celebration at Lillard after scoring on him.

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Then in the playoffs, Lillard waved his adversary off the court after sinking a 37-foot game-winner to seal a 4-1 series win that sent the Thunder home for the season.

Damian Lillard roars to the Portland fans after his buzzer-beater earned Portland a 4-1 series win over the Thunder 0:13
Damian Lillard waved the Oklahoma City Thunder off the court after hitting a buzzer-beating three-pointer to eliminate them from the playoffs

With Westbrook now in Houston, the pair faced off again on Wednesday night and, somewhat predictably, added a new chapter to their feud.

Westbrook started the game by rocking the baby but, when he missed a lay-up, Lillard received an assist from Blazers announcer Kevin Calabro who quickly commented: "He cradled the baby, but the baby burped off the window" in reference to the miss.

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The battle intensified in the fourth quarter when Lillard fouled Westbrook, sending the Rockets guard to the free throw line.

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As he prepared to shoot, Westbrook could be heard yelling, "A foul is a bucket. Can't guard me. Impossible."

Lillard responded with some trash talk of his own before the official stepped in and handed both players a technical foul.

For the game, Westbrook racked up 31 points, 11 rebounds, and 12 assists while Lillard recorded 25 points, seven rebounds and seven assists in the double-digit win.

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The Portland man had the last laugh, on and off the court. The Blazers rolled to a 117-107 win. After the game, Lillard tweeted "LOL" in response to an ESPN tweet containing Westbrook's words from his free throw line sledge.

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