With the Warriors up by three points and only 12.3 seconds remaining in Game 2 of the Western Conference finals, it was time for Trail Blazers point guard Damian Lillard to pull off some more heroics.
Instead, it was Warriors forward Andre Iguodala once again turning back the clock when it mattered must. Lillard never even attempted one of his signature 3-pointers. As he dribbled to find space, Iguodala swiped the ball and sealed the Warriors' 114-111 win.
"I know it's a tough position for the referees to be in to make a call at that point in the game," Lillard said to reporters after the game. "Tried to get a little bit of space the first time. He grabbed my arm, and I lost the ball a little bit. I regained it, and I was going to shoot it again. He got his hand on the ball.
"For me, as the offensive player, I felt like it was contact. There was a lot of contact. But obviously, the ref is not going to decide the game or jump in at that point. You know, so ... good defensive play."
Iggy secures the win with some 🔒 down defense pic.twitter.com/LflfWf3i2Z— Warriors on NBCS (@NBCSWarriors) May 17, 2019
Even at 35 years old, Iguodala still has some of the best hands in the NBA and is considered one of the game's best defenders. He also frequently has some of the best quotes.
“I got lucky,” Iguodala said facetiously.
The Warriors now have a two-games-to-none lead over the Blazers, and the reigning champs are only two wins away from yet another trip to the NBA Finals. Sure, there's been some luck sprinkled in, but it's clear who the superior team is in this series.