All series long, the Portland Trail Blazers and the Oklahoma City Thunder had been trading jabs and chirps, with Damian Lillard and Russell Westbrook having the most back and forths. Despite the Thunder’s attempts at getting in the mind of Lillard, the Trail Blazers point guard was a stud for the first four games. In game 5, Lillard showcased even more heroics as he dropped 50 points and scored an iconic last-second three-point shot to knock off the Thunder once and for all.
Lillard shot the ball from 37-feet and explained after the game that he was comfortable with taking a shot from that far away.
“I didn’t want to put it into the referee hands,” Lillard said according to ESPN.”Where if there was contact or maybe they get away with contact or I end up having to take a tougher shot because there was contact and they don’t want to decide the game. So I was standing there looking at the rim and I was like this is a comfortable range.”
Lillard had been making deep shots all series long and even waved goodbye to the Thunder when the shot went in. The shot proved to be redemption for last year’s playoffs when the Trail Blazers were eliminated in four-straight