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Watch: Damian Lillard Drills Epic Series-Winning Three-Pointer in Game 5 vs. Thunder

Sports Illustrated logo Sports Illustrated 4/24/2019 Alaa Abdeldaiem
a group of people standing in front of a crowd: Oklahoma City Thunder v Portland Trail Blazers - Game Five © Getty Images Oklahoma City Thunder v Portland Trail Blazers - Game Five

Damian Lillard helped the Portland Trail Blazers clinch a spot in the Western Conference semi-finals in thrilling fashion Tuesday night.

With the game tied at 115 against the Thunder, Lillard drilled a step-back 37-foot shot from behind the arc to eliminate Oklahoma City from title contention with a 118–115 last-second win.

Lillard finished the game 50 points, a Blazers single-game playoff record. The clutch final second performance came after Lillard scored a franchise playoff record 34 points on 12-of-17 shooting in the first half. He fell just short of tying Eric Floyd's all-time first-half record of 39 points set in 1987. Michael Jordan holds the postseason record for points in a single game with 63, set in 1986.

After a fiery series against the Thunder, Lillard celebrated his team advancing with a wave to Oklahoma City's bench.

Portland will play either the Denver Nuggets or San Antonio Spurs in the next round.

Related Slideshow: Best of the 2019 NBA Playoffs (provided by imagn)


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