Damian Lillard wouldn’t let Portland Trail Blazers lose.
Lillard did things in his own hands, and Lillard made a career park – high 50 points, including a 37-foot buzzer to eliminate the Oklahoma City Thunder from the playoffs in five games with a 118-115 victory.
Surprisingly, it wasn’t the first time Lillard was called series. He did the same for the 2014 Houston Rockets. He played all 24 minutes in the first half, once in his hand to keep Blazers close by making 34 points – the most of any player in a half in the after season since Steve Nash 2005.
It was a signature achievement for Lillard, capped by a summer beater that will go down in history. Let’s give that Horry Scale treatment, shall we?
A reminder of Horry Scale: It breaks down a game-winning summer beater (GWBB) into the difficulty levels, the game situation (was the team bound or behind time?), Weight (playoff play or garden night in November?) And celebration . Then we give it an overall rating on a scale of 1
-5 Robert Horrys, named the patron saint for last second answered prayers.
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ENVIRONMENT: Lillard It’s no stranger to hit big shots, but it was a 37-footer to cope with a playoff series. When it’s Lady Time, Lillard has a way to make the hardest shots easy.
GAME SITUATION: Blazers deleted a 15-point deficit in the fourth quarter and pulled evenly, 113-113, on the CJ McCollum’s 22-foot 57-second left in regulation. Paul George and Lillard then switched buckets before Russell Westbrook missed a runway, which was corralled by Al-Farouq Aminu with 17.1 seconds left. Lillard took the handoff and quietly dribbled just inside halfcourt near the Blazers logo, staring down Paul George and then pulled up and hit the match win.
FESTIVAL: The 3-pointer gave Lillard 50 points for the game and he waved farewell to the Thunder bench in the middle of a thunderstorm from the hometown. He was immediately bullied by his teammates as confetti rained down. When the storm left the floor, Lillard circled the court, loud fans while the crowd dropped “MVP! MVP!”
BASIC: It doesn’t get better than this. Five Horrys.
Closeout special offers in Toronto, Philly
To say Toronto Raptors and Philadelphia 76ers took hand on business Tuesday night would be an understatement.
Both teams quickly began to break into series-winning victories in their respective games 5s and continued to face each other in the Eastern Conference semifinals. 19659002] Kyle Lowry set the tone for the raptors and scored Toronto’s first nine points. Meanwhile, the Orlando Magic missed 10 of its first 11 shots and went 0 to 7 from the 3-point range in the first. The raptors jumped out to a 24-7 leader and never looked back in their victory 115-96.
Kawhi Leonard had another ruthlessly effective game and scored 27 points in 8 to 11 photography, including 5 out of 5 from 3-point range. He checked out to the bowl of “MVP, MVP” by 8:05 to play and Toronto up by 30.