The Trail Blazers relied on Damian Lillard’s hot hand in the opening half of a pivotal Game 5 against the Thunder, Portland’s star point guard recorded 34 points to give his squad a one-point advantage at halftime. Outside of helping the Blazers claim the lead, Lillard surpassed Terry Porter’s franchise record for points scored in a single half of postseason competition.
Lillard connected on six of his nine three-point attempts, which included this gorgeous conversion in the second quarter:
Porter’s previous record of 27 points was set back in the 1990 NBA Playoffs in a series against the San Antonio Spurs.
The Blazers can advance to the second round of the Western Conference Playoffs with a win over the Thunder in Game 5. Stay tuned for more coverage on tonight’s action.