Portland Trail Blazers’ Damian Lillard secured a 4.5 score on the Horry Scale due to the clutch shot that secured the Blazers’ victory over the Chicago Bulls, per NBA.com. Lillard had not only one, but two, clutch shots to finish up the game: the first one made them competitive, and the second finished the Bulls at the buzzer.
DIFFICULTY: Insane. We’ve seen this type of skill and game awareness from Lillard many times before. But that doesn’t make it any less remarkable as he finished with a Reggie Miller-esque six points in 8.2 seconds to burnish his legend as one of the decade’s best clutch shot-makers.
CELEBRATION: The usual swarm-the-dude-who-won-the-game scrum. The real fun came in the locker room after Lillard finished up his courtside interviews, where the Blazers showed their obvious affection for their team leader with an exuberant ice-water shower.
GRADE: The lone blemish? It came in the regular season rather than the playoffs. Otherwise, Dame Time spelled doom for yet another stunned opponent. Four and 1/2 Horrys.
The scale, which tops out at five, is named for renowned clutch shooter Robert Horry.
One has to wonder if eventually it will become the Lillard Scale.