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Damian Lillard, Chris Paul Exchange Words After Last-Second Layup

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Lillard and head coach Terry Stotts comment on Paul’s basket in the waning seconds.

Houston Rockets v Portland Trail Blazers Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images

Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard and Houston Rockets guard Chris Paul exchanged words after Paul scored a basket with the clock running out and the game in hand 119-112. Paul and the Rockets could’ve dribbled out the last 15 seconds on the game clock, but Paul cut to the hoop and tacked on two more points for good measure. What was a seven-point win became a nine-point win, and Lillard made sure to find Paul after the layup:

This sort of thing has happened in recent memory for the Blazers. Nicolas Batum earned a triple-double on a buzzer-beater when Portland already had the win in hand against the San Antonio Spurs. And Lillard himself did the same thing his rookie year against the Chicago Bulls.

In terms of Wednesday night’s game, the incident became a focal point of post-game questions.

Paul on why he scored:

Head coach Terry Stotts on Paul’s layup:

Lillard on the exchange of words:

And CJ McCollum on what he’d do differently:

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