Damian Lillard is that dude.
Lillard hit the one of the most cold-blooded shots in NBA playoff history Tuesday night in Portland, a 37-foot 3-pointer in Paul George's face at the buzzer to beat the Thunder 118-115 and send the Blazers to the Western Conference Semifinals.
Damian Lillard (50 PTS) buries the three for the #TissotBuzzerBeater and the @trailblazers advance to the Western Conference Semifinals with the 118-115 Game 5 victory! #ThisIsYourTime #RipCity#NBAPlayoffs pic.twitter.com/cVqLJkHLR4— NBA (@NBA) April 24, 2019
The shot had everyone in the NBA talking on social media. The fourth quarter is Lillard time, and he proved that once again in the most clutch of ways.
Damn Dame! Wow!— Draymond Green (@Money23Green) April 24, 2019
⌚️— LeBron James (@KingJames) April 24, 2019
DAME DAMN!!!!— DWade (@DwyaneWade) April 24, 2019
One of the coldest game winners I've seen..— 🏁 Jamal Crawford (@JCrossover) April 24, 2019
But there's always salt on a fresh wound. George called the game-winner a "bad shot" after the Thunder's loss. Well, Lillard begs to differ.
Paul George answering a question about Dame’s shot choice, calls it a “bad shot” pic.twitter.com/uj25TBDUE1— Sherwob Holmes (@WorldWideWob) April 24, 2019
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And of course there's a Curry spin in here. As Lillard was setting up for his shot, Warriors' star Steph Curry's brother, Blazers guard Seth Curry, was getting ready to say bye to OKC.
Seth Curry was telling the OKC bench that Dame was sending them home before the shot and then he stared them down after 😂 pic.twitter.com/ze4fusJRKr— Complex Sports (@ComplexSports) April 24, 2019
A Curry saying bye to the Thunder in the playoffs? Oh, the tradition continues.