Damian Lillard delivered another memorable moment in the Trail Blazers’ thrilling 118-115 victory over the Thunder. With the clock expiring Lillard connected on 37-foot three-pointer to send Portland past Oklahoma City to the second round of the NBA Playoffs.
Lillard’s heroics came at the expense of Paul George, who was tasked with guarding the Oakland native on the final possession. After the game, George appeared to be less than thrilled about Lillard’s shot selection (via Washington Post’s Ben Golliver).
Thunder's Paul George on defending deep game-winner by Blazers' Damian Lillard: "That's a bad shot. I don't care what anybody says. That's a bad shot. But, hey, he made it. That story won't be told, that it's a bad shot. You live with that." pic.twitter.com/21ueYAHHzY— Ben Golliver (@BenGolliver) April 24, 2019
George saved his best performance for Game 5. His 36-point outburst only trailed Lillard’s 50 points in the final game of the series between the two Northwest Division rivals.
The Blazers will now wait to face the winner between the Nuggets and Spurs in the second round of the Western Conference Playoffs.