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So many emotions as Trail Blazers fans and Damian Lillard relive Game 5 win over Thunder

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No matter how many times you have watched Damian Lillard’s 37-footer at the buzzer that sent the Oklahoma City Thunder packing, it will never get old.

Plus, it’s always fun to watch Game 5 in its entirety with other Trail Blazers fans.    

It’s hard to believe it was nearly a year ago.

It was April 23, 2019, when there were two seconds left on the clock as Lillard dribbled to his right, stepped back, lifted up, and drained the improbable 37-foot game-winner over an outstretched Paul George to eliminate the Thunder from the First Round of the 2019 playoffs.

With all that has changed, one thing is still certain: Damian Lillard has ice running through his veins.

Lillard waved goodbye to the Thunder bench after nailing the shot.

A moment that Rip City won’t ever forget and a game that Trail Blazers fans very much enjoyed re-watching Monday night.

 

Fans couldn’t help but share their emotions of how much they miss Trail Blazers basketball.

Damian Lillard was dialed in all night. Lillard scored 19 points in the first quarter alone. At halftime, he had 34 points on 12-of-18 shooting.  

 

Oklahoma City had swept Portland 4-0 during the regular season with an average margin of victory in the four wins of 7.0 points.

But, it’s no surprise that Lillard went off for 50 points in Game 6, he had been scoring with ease versus the Thunder all season. Lillard’s highest scoring average against a Western Conference opponent during the 2018-19 season was against OKC, averaging 34.8 points (46.2% FG, 25.0% 3-PT, 91.7% FT). He scored a season-high 51 points vs. the Thunder on March 7.

As if the tweets from Rip City Faithful aren't fun enough, Damian Lillard was also live-tweeting the entire game on the Trail Blazers’ Twitter account.

Can we have more classic games with Lillard tweeting about them!?

The five-time NBA All-Star gave some real insight into what he was feeling ahead of Game 5 as well as during it.

The Trail Blazers point guard wasn’t just talking about the positives in this game. When Oklahoma City made its run in the fourth quarter, Lillard admitted he had a few bad possessions during that stretch.

Again, there were just so many emotions throughout this game.

Lillard finished with a career-playoff-high 50 points, but fans on Twitter were showing him love long before The Wave.

While Lillard was in charge of the Blazers Twitter account, he also took time to do a Q & A with fans.

Here are some of the top answers:

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Rip City went crazy once again on social media after witnessing Jusuf Nurkic’s first appearance of the postseason since his injury in March as well as Lillard’s late-game heroics.

Nurk showed up on the bench with 3:28 remaining in the game.

And then…

The Wave.

Bye-bye, Thunder.

Again… We say… bye-bye, Thunder.