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One Year Ago, Damian Lillard Ended the Thunder and the Series

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Let’s reminisce on the one-year anniversary of Lillard’s Game 5 buzzer-beater.

Oklahoma City Thunder v Portland Trail Blazers - Game Five Photo by Steve Dykes/Getty Images

On April 23, 2019, Damian Lillard’s buzzer-beater in Game 5 of the NBA Playoffs lifted the Portland Trail Blazers over the Oklahoma City Thunder. The shot capped a contentious series that featured plenty of trash talk. Lillard famously said after Game 5 that all he wanted was “the last word” following the Thunder’s mind games during the series, like mocking his wrist tap celebration and dunking at the end of Game 3 when the contest was already decided.

Let’s take a look back at all of the greatness from April 23, 2019:

The shot

Every angle

Blazers and Thunder broadcasts

Fans react (seriously the best)

Highlights from Lillard’s 50-point night

NBA on TNT crew reacts

In-arena bird’s eye view of the last three possessions

Russell Westbrook and Paul George postgame interview

Damian Lillard postgame interview

Movie recap

What was your Game 5 viewing experience like? How did you react after Lillard’s game-winner? Feel free to share your memories in the comments.