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Damian Lillard’s buzzer-beating 3-pointer gives Trail Blazers their first playoff-series win in 14 years (video)

May 3, 2014, 1:40 AM EDT

Is Damian Lillard the most clutch player in the NBA?

You’d be hard-pressed to say no right now.

Lillard made a buzzer-beating 3-pointer Friday to give the Trail Blazers their first playoff-series win in 14 years .

After Chandler Parsons made what could have been a game-winning putback with 0.9 seconds remaining, the Rockets forward couldn’t stick with Lillard on the other end. Lillard sprinted away from Parsons to get an open 3-pointer and buried it – giving Portland a 99-98 win over the Rockets.

Here is the court-level view.

  1. thekingdave - May 3, 2014 at 1:49 AM

    Wow. Couldn’t have asked for a better situation. Both of our superstars stepped up and had huge games with their backs against the wall. Lillard just made an amazing shot and no one on our roster is capable of sticking with him in that scenario. We have to explore the Rondo thing and move on from Parsons before he’s due big money. Howard’s already been in the league for 10 seasons, it’s now or never.

    • andreboy1 - May 3, 2014 at 4:38 AM

      There’s only a couple super-stars in the league and Houston doesn’t have any of them.

    • spthegr8 - May 3, 2014 at 10:05 AM

      Sorry Houston but THAT is Clutch City!!!

    • apkyletexas - May 3, 2014 at 12:45 PM

      What can you say? One of the biggest shots I’ve ever seen! Gives Robert Horry a run for his money.

  2. ranfan12 - May 3, 2014 at 1:50 AM

    I was hoping they would run him off the 3 before he got the ball. Should’ve known better.

  3. nfl4days - May 3, 2014 at 1:51 AM

    Cold as ice. Give me Damian Lillard over any PG in the game right now. To be the type of playmaker he is but still play like an actual point guard is insane. Lillard is what Westbrook needs to be.

    • kb2408 - May 3, 2014 at 1:59 AM

      I completely concur!

      • gameisours - May 3, 2014 at 5:14 AM

        I agree, but only partly, because Lillard needs a long way to be a affective defender like Paul, Westbrook, … But kid is a stud.

    • sire2334 - May 3, 2014 at 9:51 AM

      I agree…I’m a huge Wall fan because I love the fact that he is an actual point guard that gets other players involved but hell right now Lillard is doing that too along with scoring.

  4. drewzducks - May 3, 2014 at 1:51 AM

    With all the B.S. that is the Sterling case, the loss of one of the All Time greats in the NBA did not receive it’s deserved attention. Tonight, he is smiling from above for the organization he led to its greatest achievement. RIP Dr. Jack.

  5. limonadamas - May 3, 2014 at 1:52 AM

    What a series that was! Can’t believe we were 0.9 seconds away from six Game 7’s in the first round…

  6. jburk003 - May 3, 2014 at 1:54 AM

    Idk what was better…. The call by Mike Tirico, or the clutchness of that shot.. Wow!!

  7. kb2408 - May 3, 2014 at 1:57 AM

    Maybe the best playoffs series ever. And what can you say about Dame Lillard? That shot reminded me of the D. Fish .04 shot against the Spurs. Lillard is on the verge of superstardom. I won’t even clown Dwight, he had a great series. If anything Harden let them down, in spite of the 34 he scored. How many came at crunch time? He’s the closer, right? What a incredible series! The West Conf is simply amazing.

    • realfootballfan - May 3, 2014 at 2:22 AM

      It was a good series, but that Spurs Mavs series that year they lost to the Heat is still my favorite.

    • 00maltliquor - May 3, 2014 at 3:30 AM

      Nah, this is by far the best 1st round ever. All these close games, overtimes, game 7s, and lower seeds coming up or coming close…especially the 8th seeds. No one not named Heat is safe.

      • antistratfordian - May 3, 2014 at 3:41 AM

        We could’ve had six game 7s in the first round!

        Oh well, we have to settle for five. (crazy!)

  8. seattlesuperchronic - May 3, 2014 at 1:59 AM

    That gave me the chills! Lillard’s got some cojones!

  9. bballhistorian - May 3, 2014 at 2:05 AM

    Houston Native here.

    The term .9 will haunt us for a long while.

    • 00maltliquor - May 3, 2014 at 3:27 AM

      Better then being a Spurs fan. 0.4 has to be extra hard to stomach.

    • antistratfordian - May 3, 2014 at 3:38 AM

      Shouldn’t haunt you that much… it’s not like the result was a shocker. Houston was down 2-0 in a series where they had home court advantage – so the writing was all over the wall.

  10. mungman69 - May 3, 2014 at 2:12 AM

    The Sixers should watch what the Blazers do and then do that. With all of Portland’s injuries they have a GREAT TEAM!

  11. ranfan12 - May 3, 2014 at 2:18 AM

    “We’re going to sizzler!”

  12. realfootballfan - May 3, 2014 at 2:20 AM

    That was crazy. I was watching that before the play saying to myself, Lillard is going to win the game because he’s the anti-Hardin.

  13. ranfan12 - May 3, 2014 at 2:37 AM

    barely 1 second on the clock and they guard the wrong player -_-

  14. ranfan12 - May 3, 2014 at 2:38 AM

    Cue the overpaid and overrated comments for D12 again

    • eugenesaxe1 - May 3, 2014 at 5:49 AM

      Wasn’t his fault, he showed and busted it all 6 games.

    • innovativethinking87 - May 3, 2014 at 10:33 AM

      Dwight Howard played amazing in every single game that series. A LOT OF CREDIT TO HIM. Who the no show was Harden.

      • realfootballfan - May 3, 2014 at 10:48 PM

        Yep, Harden choked again. Howard was the only reason they nearly won this game and many of the others in the series while Harden was no-showing again.

    • therealhtj - May 3, 2014 at 11:26 AM

      D12 is a great player – worthy of a max contract. Just not good enough to carry your team when he’s in that 2nd or 3rd max deal where he’s commanding over a 1/3 of the cap.

      Not so much a knock on him as much as how NBA contracts are structured. He had a statistically great series, but obviously came up short.

      • realfootballfan - May 3, 2014 at 10:54 PM

        People who always say this need to tell me what big man can carry a team by himself, or what player can period? I’ve criticized Howard plenty because he’s very immature, but dude brought it this series. It was his wingman who disappeared just like he did in those Finals against the Heat when they erased him.

  15. antistratfordian - May 3, 2014 at 3:32 AM

    Now that’s the way to end a series!

  16. money2long - May 3, 2014 at 4:02 AM

    Was I watching 2k or a real game. Jus didn’t know who would win that game Til it was over.

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