Thunder Season Ends on Heartbreaking Buzzer Beater

There's no doubt that Damian Lillard's shot to end the Portland Trail Blazers' first-round series against the Oklahoma City Thunder was one of the most incredible postseason shots we've ever seen. It was an improbable victory with an impossible ending.

Portland mounted a 12-point comeback in the fourth quarter to advance to the second round. The Thunder took a 90-88 lead into the final period. It was during that time that Damian Lillard took over, proving once again why he is the best guard in the series. It was reminiscent of the shot Lillard hit in 2014 over Chandler Parsons to beat the Houston Rockets and send Portland to the second round. With a better supporting cast and the offensive pressure not falling exclusively on Lillard and McCollum's shoulders, they have been able to play much better this postseason.

"That was the last word", Lillard said. He is followed by Russell Westbrook with 21.2 ppg, adding 8.2 boards and a team high 9.8 dimes per game.

"I didn't want to put it into the referee hands", Lillard said.

"I think after Game 3 Dennis Schroder was out there pointing to his wrist". We kept our composure. We kept our composure and after one win that's what they made a decision to do. What we want to do is win four games. We're going to play hard, stay together, and whenever the crowd gets into it, just keep doing what we do and come out on top. Through the first three games, Lillard and McCollum had combined to average 56.3 points, 11.0 rebounds, 10.3 assists and 3.4 steals per game, shooting 23-of-50 on 3-pointers.

Grant scored 16 points and added 8 rebounds in 44 minutes and Paul George added 36 points for OKC, but the team couldn't compete with Lillard's 10 made three-pointers - the second-most ever in an National Basketball Association playoff game.

Oklahoma City won 120-108 to cut Portland's lead to 2-1 in the first round series. No matter the reason, George is still on the court and underperforming, making just 37 percent of his shots. The Blazers out-scored the Thunder 13-2 from that point on, with Lillard contributing 5 points and 1 assist during that time.

In the first half Lillard poured in bucket after bucket. he finished the first half with 34 points.

"Regardless or what the series is, it's always one game at a time", George said. With the Thunder having the final possession, Donovan reinserted George and his three fouls and he responded by hitting a step back three at the buzzer, closing the Thunder deficit to 61-60 at the break. But in the spirit of Ronald Reagan's sportscasting career - no, I wasn't alive back then - I can pretty much recreate the discourse.

  • Julie Sanders