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Damian Lillard hits the game-winner to send Blazers past Hornets (VIDEO)

Dec 17, 2012, 12:51 AM EST

This was not an easy shot.

Blazers rookie Damian Lillard continued his impressive start to the season, this time draining the game-winning shot from beyond three-point distance to give his team the 95-94 home victory over the Hornets.

It would have been a shame for Portland to waste its win against the Spurs on Thursday by giving one away against New Orleans, but after seeing a 12-point fourth quarter lead disappear entirely, that was a very real possibility.

It was all tied at 92 with 4.2 seconds remaining, with the Blazers taking the ball out of bounds. Lillard inbounded to Luke Babbitt, who handed it back to Lillard behind the three-point arc as the clock began to wind down.

Lillard used Babbitt’s screen, but Ryan Anderson stepped out to contest, yet somehow Lillard was able to get a sight line to the basket, before launching the shot attempt over Anderson that looked good as soon as it left his hands.

This wasn’t one of Lillard’s better games, as he finished with just 16 points on 5-of-14 shooting, while Anderson led all scorers with 26 points. But the rookie won out on the night’s final meaningful play, and it resulted in the third straight win for the Blazers.

  1. jamiln - Dec 17, 2012 at 2:05 AM

    Honestly, I’m pulling for Lillard to be huge for the Blazers. They deserve a great player after Roy’s unfortunate injury problems.

    • saint1997 - Dec 17, 2012 at 3:33 AM

      they just need one more talented player and they will have successfully reset their roster post all the injuries and will have done so very quickly

  2. readysethike - Dec 17, 2012 at 10:30 AM

    he is the real deal…reminds me of westbrook

  3. yousuxxors - Dec 17, 2012 at 12:34 PM

    Westbrook who passes the ball and he doesnt have one of the best scorers on the planet on his team

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