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Blazer's Edge: Post-Game Pressers: Blazer and Thunder Reactions to Manic Series Closer
Damian Lillard opened and closed this first round series against the Oklahoma City Thunder with two unbelievable three point shots at the Moda Center. The Portland Trail Blazers now progress to face either the Denver Nuggets or San Antonio Spurs, while the Thunder start their offseason earlier than they would have liked. Following an amazing buzzer beating shot, both coaches and players fronted the NBA world to give their thoughts on the game and the series.<strong>Billy Donovan </strong>
Donovan lamented plays and calls that could have gone the other way but paid tribute to Lillard's shooting, particularly the last shot.
Last night was one for the ages. https://t.co/lc9Wakgr4g
Blazer's Edge: Jusuf Nurkic's Surprise Appearance Inspires Blazers' Game 5 Win
The Portland Trail Blazers were treated to a surprise appearance by injured big man Jusuf Nurkic during their Game 5 win over the Oklahoma City Thunder. Nurkic decided to trek from his house to the Moda Center during the third quarter because he thought the team could use a little extra boost down the stretch. With under four minutes left in the fourth quarter, he appeared on the bench, igniting cheers from the crowd and motivating his teammates on the floor.
Jusuf Nurkic said he decided to leave his house and come to the Moda Center with 3 minutes left in the 3rd Q.
Blazer's Edge: Lillard's Miracle Buzzer-Beater Closes Out Thunder
Damian Lillard hit a 37-foot shot over Paul George as the final buzzer sounded in Game 5 of the first-round playoffs series between the Portland Trail Blazers and Oklahoma City Thunder. The miraculous buzzer-beater capped off a tumultuous evening, giving Portland a 118-115 victory and a ticket to the second round of the 2019 NBA Playoffs. Lillard's 50 points, along with a little fourth-quarter help from teammates, overcame a 36-point, 70% shooting performance by George. Russell Westbrook added 29 in a losing effort.
Facing eliminations, Paul George came to play in the first period, lofting match-up shots over shorter defenders and hitting every one.
Official Site of the Blazers: Lillard Ends Another Series With A Buzzer-Beater, This Time Versus Oklahoma City
PORTLAND -- Make room 0.9, there's another game-winning, series-ending three-pointer in town.
Damian Lillard hit a 37-foot three-pointer as time expired to give the Trail Blazers a 118-115 victory versus the Oklahoma City Thunder in Game Five of the Western Conference three-six matchup in front of a sellout crowd of 20,241 Tuesday night at the Moda Center.
"It was a great feeling. When it left my hands, it felt good," said Lillard. "I felt good about it. The last five or six minutes of the game, I just keep telling myself, like, for us to get this game, we was going to have to really, really dig to come out on top.
Blazer's Edge: Thunder's Paul George Reacts to Lillard's Game Winner, 'That's a bad shot'
Damian Lillard delivered another memorable moment in the Trail Blazers' thrilling 118-115 victory over the Thunder. With the clock expiring Lillard connected on 37-foot three-pointer to send Portland past Oklahoma City to the second round of the NBA Playoffs.
Lillard's heroics came at the expense of Paul George, who was tasked with guarding the Oakland native on the final possession. After the game, George appeared to be less than thrilled about Lillard's shot selection (via Washington Post's Ben Golliver).
Thunder's Paul George on defending deep game-winner by Blazers' Damian Lillard: "That's a bad shot.
Is there another option?!@Dame_Lillard is @Biofreezes Performance of the Night https://t.co/C9l6GK0TUW
Blazer's Edge: NBA Players React to Damian Lillard's Series-Winning Buzzer-Beater
Portland Trail Blazers star Damian Lillard did the unbelievable Tuesday night, hitting a series-winning, step-back buzzer-beater to send the Oklahoma City Thunder packing. Players around the league shared their thoughts on Lillard's game-winner (spoiler alert: they were all shook):
That dude is crazy. What a shoot by Dame. And I didn't get the assist on that one u2642...-- Nicolas Batum (@nicolas88batum) April 24, 2019
Stay tuned to Blazer's Edge for comprehensive coverage from a night to remember.
You can watch video of Lillard's game-winner over and over here.
Great job hugs for @Dame_Lillard https://t.co/l6hgOz0UT2
Dame. Called. Game. https://t.co/8Z0skeDbZE
M V P https://t.co/iu9Rz77UyQ
BLAZERS WIN! BLAZERS WIN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! https://t.co/N85dHGhwWQ
We are all witnesses.New playoff career high 42 for @dame_lillard https://t.co/xJrmCpAQEJ
Blazer's Edge: Blazers' Damian Lillard Drops 34 Points in First Half
The Trail Blazers relied on Damian Lillard's hot hand in the opening half of a pivotal Game 5 against the Thunder, Portland's star point guard recorded 34 points to give his squad a one-point advantage at halftime. Outside of helping the Blazers claim the lead, Lillard surpassed Terry Porter's franchise record for points scored in a single half of postseason competition.
Lillard connected on six of his nine three-point attempts, which included this gorgeous conversion in the second quarter:
The Blazers can advance to the second round of the Western Conference Playoffs with a win over the Thunder in Game 5.