Damien Lillard Sinks the Buzzer-Beating Three & the Thunder Cried (Video)
Damien Lillard is turning into a human highlight real with Tuesday night being no exception.
Lillard capped off a phenomenal 50 point performance by nonchalantly tossing in a buzzer-beating three-point dagger from 37 yards out to lead the Trail Blazers to a 118-115 win to eliminate the Oklahoma City Thunder from the first round of the playoffs 4 games to 1.
The series looked to be headed towards game 6, as the Thunder lead in the fourth quarter by 15 points, before the Blazers caught up and captured the win.
Paul George scored 36 points with Russell Westbrook adding 29 points, 14 assists and 11 rebounds for his 10th NBA playoff triple-double for OKC. Tonight’s loss marks the third season in a row the Thunder have been eliminated from the NBA playoffs in the first round.
In the post-game interview, Lillard
In the immediate, post-game interview, Lillard addressed the Blazers early struggles and how he knew things would change as long as he and his teammates kept working.
“When you keep fighting and you keep and you keep working through it and stay together, there’s a reward waiting for you. I think this is the beginning of our result.”
In the locker room, Paul George wasn’t too keen on the shot, rightfully so, but went on to say a bit bitter, calling the game-winner a “bad shot.”
Thunder’s Paul George on defending deep game-winner by Blazers’ Damian Lillard: “That’s a bad shot. I don’t care what anybody says. That’s a bad shot. But, hey, he made it. That story won’t be told, that it’s a bad shot. You live with that.”
The Blazers will play either the Denver Nuggets or the San Antonio Spurs in the Western Conference semi-finals. Denver
To watch the miraculous game ending shot from Lillard, scroll down.