On Tuesday evening, Portland Path Blazers famous person Damian Lillard placed on a efficiency for the ages, dropping a playoff career-high 55 factors and racking up 10 assists in a double-overtime loss to the Denver Nuggets (147-140).
Lillard, dwelling as much as his “Dame Time” moniker, scored two seemingly unattainable stepback three-pointers to ship the sport into the primary, after which second, time beyond regulation.
His scoring outburst was additionally a historic one; he nailed 12 3-pointers within the contest, a playoff document. His 80 mixed factors from his personal baskets and people he assisted on tied one other playoff document.
Lastly, his masterpiece was traditionally environment friendly. Dame shot 17-24 from the sphere, and 9-10 from the free-throw line – good for a 96.8 p.c true capturing proportion, the very best in playoff historical past.
Throughout the league and on social media, gamers voiced their utter amazement and respect for Lillard’s efficiency.
“I had like 4 tweets I wished to jot down to explain this MASTERPIECE by Damian Lamonte Ollie Lillard Sr, however I’m severely confused…,” tweeted Brooklyn Nets famous person Kevin Durant.
“Somebody gotta put this Dame Dolla efficiency in The Louvre!,” wrote Golden State Warriors wing Damion Lee. “This can be a masterpiece!”
“It was form of a pleasure to be on the courtroom simply to witness that,” admitted Nuggets chief Nikola Jokic.
“The diploma of issue during which he hit a few of these photographs is god-like,” stated teammate CJ McCollum.
Nevertheless, whereas all throughout the league these within the NBA group have been singing his praises, Lillard shrugged off his accomplishments after the sport. Seeking to keep away from his second consecutive first-round exit from the playoffs, the 30-year-old was extra involved with the truth that his staff wasn’t capable of pull out the victory.
“Doesn’t matter,” Lillard stated of his efficiency. “We misplaced the sport. I imply, at this level, all that issues is that we are able to’t lose one other recreation on this collection.”
The Blazers and Nuggets play Sport 6 on Thursday, June 3 at 8:00 EST.