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Damian Lillard posts pointed message after Blazers' Game 5 loss

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Damian Lillard had the game of his life in Game 5 against the Nuggets.

Scoring 55 points, hitting a playoff-high of 12 three-pointers, and dishing 12 assists while also shooting 70% from the field, Lillard seemed unstoppable.

"It was the best playoff performance I've ever seen," head coach Terry Stotts said of Lillard after the game. 

He’s the only player in NBA history with at least 50 points, 10 assists and 10 three-pointers -- in the playoffs or regular season.

“Doesn’t matter,” Lillard said. “We lost the game. I mean, at this point, all that matters is that we can't lose another game in this series.

After the game, Lillard posted on Instagram, “Same s--t that make you laugh will make you cry...first to 4”

The Nuggets head to Portland with a 3-2 lead, an opportunity to close out the series on the road and advance to the second round of the playoffs.

“We go out there and we play to win a game, and we came up short," he said. "So, we’re going back home and it's a must-win or our season is over. And then we got to come back here and win on their floor again.

Neither team has won two straight games thus far in this series, and Game 6 could prove to be the most important game of both teams' seasons. 

For Denver to avoid a Game 7, they’ll need to win two straight. For Portland to have a chance, they’ll need to win two straight and win a decisive game on the road as they did in 2019.