During the Portland-Houston first round playoff series in 2014, three of the six games went to overtime.
The entire series was a classic in its own right, let alone adding in Damian Lillard’s incredible Game 6 buzzer-beater.
The Rockets had won the regular season series, 3-1 that year. Both teams scored over 100 points in each of the four games.
The big question is: How was this almost six years ago?
Man this game i remember it like it was yesterday dame hit the shot no one wanted to leave the arena leaving the arena high-fiving strangers and then going outside the fire trucks was even partying with their sirens on it was a party that night #ripcity
Man this game i remember it like it was yesterday dame hit the shot no one wanted to leave the arena leaving the arena high-fiving strangers and then going outside the fire trucks was even partying with their sirens on it was a party that night #ripcity— Morgan Maleta (@Morgan_Dancer) April 8, 2020
Game Summaries heading into Game 6:
GAME 1 - Portland 122, Houston 120 (OT)
GAME 2 - Portland 112, Houston 10
GAME 3 - Houston 121, Portland 116 (OT)
GAME 4 - Portland 123, Houston 120 (OT)
GAME 5 - Houston 108, Portland
One thing is certain: Rip City Faithful misses this 2013-14 team.
Whether it was LaMarcus Aldridge, Nic Batum, Wesley Matthews, Robin Lopez or Thomas Robinson, Blazers fans shared their thoughts on how much fun it was to watch this squad.
Lillard, along with Aldridge, helped guide the Blazers to the Western Conference semifinals for the first time in 14 years.
Aldridge had a career season, winning three Western Conference Player of the Week honors, while also putting up career highs in several statistical categories including:
- Points per game
- Rebounds per game,
- Free-throw percentage
- Defensive rebounds
Rewatching this game had Trail Blazers fans thinking about the what ifs.
What if Aldridge had stayed and not left for San Antonio in the summer of 2015?
But then, of course, there were all the feels once again with Lillard draining the three-point over Chandler Parsons with nine tenths remaining on the clock.
Even knowing what was gonna happen I was still freaking out 😂 https://t.co/QyZqTwWbZc— Samantha Kaitlyn (@SammieKaitXO) April 8, 2020
At the game! Lost my voice the next day. Hugged complete strangers. It was awesome!— Derric Edwards (@dirki2k22) April 8, 2020
I’m my living room. Screamed myself so hoarse I couldn’t talk for a week!— Mike Desmond (@dezio26) April 8, 2020
Lillard finished with 25 points, six rebounds, three assists, and three steals. Aldridge added 30 points and 13 rebounds.
Damian Lillard also gave Rip City their first taste of a game-winning three that nobody will ever forget.