While it happened in the blink of an eye, Trail Blazers point guard Damian Lillard remembers nearly every detail about one of the biggest shots of his career.
It should. "The shot" changed his life forever.
On the latest episode of the Ledlow & Parker Podcast, Damian Lillard played a game called "Game Time: Dame Time" where hosts Candance Parker and Kristen Ledlow quizzed him on how well he remembers the best game-winners of his career, including his shot in Game 6 against the Houston Rockets in the first round of the 2014 NBA Playoffs.
“Game Time. Dame Time.” ⌚️🔥@KristenLedlow & @Candace_Parker see how well @trailblazers @Dame_Lillard remembers his epic Game 6 buzzer-beater vs. the Rockets ➡️ https://t.co/hjXZblnyye pic.twitter.com/C8XqjGKSfC— NBA on TNT (@NBAonTNT) April 4, 2020
He (nearly) got a perfect score knowing all of his teammates on the floor, who was guarding him, who hugged him first when the shot went through the net, and what he yelled into the mic in the post-series celebration. His only miss was how much time was on the clock when the ball left his hand, and he was only a tenth of a second off.
After playing the game, Lillard spoke about why that shot brings chills every time he watches it.
I just get chills now when I see that one because that was my second year and that was like my first playoff series. And I just remember the play was for us to just spring towards half court and we'd try to lob it over the top so LA could get a tip in to force overtime. But when I was walking on the court Mo Williams was like 'F- that, go get the ball. You go to the ball. Just run to the ball.' and I was walking to my spot and I just wasn't worried... If we would have lost that game we was going back to Houston for Game 7...and I wasn't worried about that. I was just like 'we ain't going back.' Like, I never felt like we was going back so when I see it now I'm like 'how was I not like more concerned?' It's werid.
The hosts went on to quiz him about his game-winner against the Oklahoma City Thunder as well in Game 5 from this past postseason.
As you can see, Lillard has made a career out of being the calm in the storm, the stone cold assassin.
Because when the clock is winding down, we all know what time it is: Dame Time.