NBA players, fans react to Damian Lillard’s series-ending shot
Damian Lillard is the best Portland Trail Blazers player of all time. We’ve established that, it’s time to move on.
Lillard hit yet another game-winning, series-ending shot in the playoffs on Tuesday night as the Blazers beat the Oklahoma City Thunder in Game 5 at Moda Center, 118-115.
Lillard hit a step-back 37-foot 3-point shot over Paul George to win the series at the buzzer. It was reminiscent of the shot Lillard hit in 2014 over Chandler Parsons to beat the Houston Rockets and send Portland to the second round.
There have been five walk-off, series-winning buzzer beaters in NBA history. Damian Lillard is the only player with multiples.— Eric Griffith (@EricG_NBA) April 24, 2019
Of course the league was watching as the game went down this track too late into the night on the West coast, and early in the morning on the East.
After Lillard hit the shot, NBA Twitter left into action. NBA players who were awake reacted as well, including Parsons, who was cavalier about the whole thing.
Jusuf Nurkic said he decided to leave his house and come to the Moda Center with 3 minutes left in the 3rd Q. “I knew it was gonna make a difference,” he said.— Joe Freeman (@BlazerFreeman) April 24, 2019
That dude is crazy. What a shoot by Dame. And I didn’t get the assist on that one 🤷🏾♂...— Nicolas Batum (@nicolas88batum) April 24, 2019
BRUHHHH a 50 piece and closing the series like that???? 🤦🏽♂️🤦🏽♂️🤦🏽♂️— Garrett Temple (@GTemp17) April 24, 2019
Bro that might be the COLDEST game winner I’ve ever seen 👀👀👀 Dame is an absolute MONSTER!— Anthony Tolliver (@ATolliver44) April 24, 2019
What an incredible night in the NBA.