Portland Trail Blazers star Damian Lillard stuck a dagger in the Oklahoma City Thunder with a series-clinching buzzer-beater on Tuesday night, and now, his victory stare is spreading far and wide across Twitter. Oklahoma City responded with a 15-2 tear to go ahead 90-86 late in the third quarter.
"I've seen 50-point games obviously, but the way he carried the team in the first half with C.J". Multiple times we had discussions about not saying anything to anyone.
George had a big game as well going for 36 points while Russell Westbrook notched a triple-double of 29 points, 14 rebounds and 11 assists.
"We've kind of come to expect it", Portland coach Terry Stotts said. "He manages the game". "We played through him a little bit in the fourth quarter". He's an ultimate competitor. Dennis Schroder added 17 points.
But the Portland talisman led a mesmerizing late rally to finish with 50 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists.
"He's been busting my ass for years", Lillard said Tuesday, recalling that Westbrook video. "That happens sometimes. But it just wasn't good enough for us to get the win".
Oklahoma City jumped to a 16-6 lead in the first four minutes, with George hitting his first four shots and scoring nine points.
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Lillard set a franchise playoff scoring record as the Trail Blazers clinched the first-round Western Conference playoff series. On that shot, Lillard clapped his hands, took the pass on the move, and pulled up from 25-feet at the left angle over Rockets forward Chandler Parsons.
For the second game in a row, George picked up his third foul in the second quarter, having to sit for the remainder of the half at the 5:54 mark with the Thunder leading by five. As the clock ticked under 10 seconds with the score tied at 115, Portland's all-star point guard used a head fake and a side step to clear a shooting window.
Now, the Thunder will try to fight off elimination.
"We don't focus on doubters, we focus on ourselves", Aminu said after the game. "You play one game".
"Steven Adams has to go, his game is prehistoric and he gets paid way too much to be a non factor in a playoff series", wrote a disgruntled @FroJSimpson. "It makes no difference when you're down 3-1 - you've got to take it one game at a time, regardless". After several skirmishes through the first three-and-a-half quarters, it ended with OKC up 10 and Westbrook interrupting a Lillard free throw to tell him, "I've been busting that ass for years". Outrebounded the Thunder 41-38. All of his shots were contested about as well as the Thunder could manage.
The last seven possessions of the game proved costly for OKC.
"There's been a lot of back and forth, a lot of talk and all this stuff, and that was the last word".