Damian Lillard Portland Trail Blazers39; hits playoff record 12 3s in
Blazers' Damian Lillard sets playoff record with 12 3s in 2OT loss to … Tue, 01 Jun 2021 22:00:00 -0700-A "superhuman" effort by Damian Lillard, including 55 points and a playoff record 12 3-pointers, wasn't enough for the Trail Blazers, who fell 147-140 to the …
In one of the most electrifying postseason performances ever, Damian Lillard had 55 points and an NBA playoff record 12 3-pointers in the Portland Trail Blazers' double-overtime loss to the Nuggets in Game 5 on Tuesday night in Denver.
Lillard played 52 minutes and shot 17-of-24 from the field, including 12-of-17 from 3-point range, but it wasn't enough. The Nuggets held him off in the second overtime and won 147-140 to take a 3-2 series lead.
“Damian Lillard was superhuman tonight,” Nuggets coach Michael Malone said.
The record-breaking 3 came with 3 minutes, 47 seconds left in double overtime as Lillard bombarded the Nuggets with a series of deep step-backs to keep the Blazers in the game. He hit one to tie the score with 3.7 seconds in regulation, which came after a review overturned a foul on a 3 that would've given Lillard three free throws. He hit another over the 6-foot-10 Michael Porter Jr. in the first overtime with 6.6 seconds to tie the score again and force the second extra frame.
That one completed a nine-point comeback in the final two minutes, all led by Lillard.
Lillard finished with 10 assists and one turnover, making him just the second player with 55 points, 10 assists and 0 or 1 turnover in a regular season or playoff game since individual turnovers were first tracked in 1977-78, according to ESPN Stats & Information research. Michael Jordan did it on Dec. 23, 1992.
Lillard also scored or assisted on 80 points on Tuesday night, tied for the most in a playoff game in NBA history, according to Elias Sports Bureau.
It was quite the bounce-back for Lillard, who scored just 10 points on 1-of-10 shooting in Game 4. But the Blazers blew Denver out in Game 4 behind a strong defensive performance and balanced scoring.
In Game 5, Portland couldn't find answers for likely MVP Nikola Jokic, who finished with 38 points, 11 rebounds and 9 assists, and a stronger bench performance led by Monte Morris (28 points and 5 assists).
The series returns to Portland on Thursday for Game 6.
Portland Trail Blazers' Damian Lillard hits playoff record 12 3s in … Tue, 01 Jun 2021 22:00:00 -0700-Lillard set an NBA playoff record with 12 3-pointers — including game-tying shots to force overtime and double overtime — and scored a playoff career-high 55 …
Nick Kosmider, Denver writer: The Nuggets needed every last ounce of energy Jokic could muster. The likely MVP provided it, running on fumes.
They needed the best game of Morris' playoff career, and the backup point guard, thrust into a bigger role in the absence of Jamal Murray, provided it.
And they needed Michael Porter Jr., who was invisible in Saturday's Game 4 loss. He did just that, scoring 26 points, grabbing 12 rebounds and ultimately hitting the game-winning 3-pointer in double overtime.
Is Dame the most clutch player in the NBA?
Zach Harper, NBA staff writer: Look, it's not called Facundo Campazzo Time for a reason. Lillard isn't just the most clutch player in the NBA right now. By the numbers, he's been the most clutch player in the league since he entered it in 2012. He's one of the most clutch players of all time.
Lillard is a constant threat and you can see the defense tense up as soon as he crosses half-court. It doesn't matter what your retort is. Dame is the best at this clutch stuff.
His teammates failed him down the stretch in Game 5. He did more than enough to win that game.
How can Portland better help him?
Jason Quick, Trail Blazers beat writer: For starters, they could make some shots. In the two overtimes, Lillard made 6 of 8 but the rest of the Blazers went 1-for-14, the lone basket an Enes Kanter lay-in after he grabbed a missed 3-pointer by McCollum on Portland's first possession of the first overtime. One of the misses was a dunk attempt by Robert Covington in the second overtime when Portland trailed by three.
There were key turnovers too — Carmelo Anthony lost his dribble out of bounds with 3:49 left in regulation and McCollum stepped out of bounds with 9.1 seconds left in the second overtime. As a whole, the supporting cast needs to limit mistakes and hit an occasional shot.
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