With one 37-foot shot as time expired, Damian Lillard ended the Thunder's season, propelled Portland to the second round, and immortalized himself in basketball lore — creating one of those rare moments destined to live forever.
Recap: Lillard scored a career-playoff-high 50 points (17-33 FG, 10-18 3PT) and led a furious fourth quarter comeback to deliver a series victory in Game 6 at home.
- That's 12 straight road playoff losses for the Thunder, which is a truly remarkable stat. How is that even possible? Also, they swept the Blazers 4-0 in the regular season. Wild.
What they're saying: "Hard pressed to conjure up a bigger playoff buzzer-beating dagger than a series-ending 37-footer to cap a personal 50-point night to send home a team that's been 💩 talking you, mocking your wrist-tapping celebration, etc.," Rich Eisen tweeted.
- Meyers Leonard: "That's easily the best performance I've ever seen with my eyes. The way Dame leads, the way he approaches every day, the teammate that he is, the friend that he is ... The guy is simply unbelievable."
- Charles Barkley: "I think it’s time to move [Russell Westbrook] to the 2."
🎥 Watch: I made a Twitter thread with every video of Lillard's shot you'll ever need. Dive in.
P.S. ... If you want to fall in love with Damian Lillard, read this. Unbelievable leader and person.