Damian Lillard would not let the Portland Trail Blazers lose.
Lillard, who took matters into his own hands, scored a 50-point playoff-high career, including a 37-foot foot on Summer to knock off the Oklahoma City Thunder playoffs in five games with a win of 118 to 115.
Surprisingly, this was not the first time that Lillard had called a series. He did the same with the Houston Rockets in 2014.
Lillard had a game for eternity even before the shot was heard around the NBA. He played the first half every 24 minutes and single-handedly kept the Blazers down by scoring 34 points – most of them in half the postseason since Steve Nash in 2005.
For Lillard, this was an unmistakable achievement which are bounded by a buzzer-beater that will go down in history. Let's give the Horry Scale treatment, right?
A reminder of the Horry Scale: breaking a playful Buzzer Beater (GWBB) in the categories difficulty level, game situation (was the team tied) or behind time?), Importance (playoff game or garden variety in the November?) And celebration. Then we give him an overall rating on a scale of 1
DIFFICULTY: Lillard It's no stranger to hit big bats, but this was a 37-foot long one to reach a playoff series. When it's time for lady, Lillard has a way to make the toughest punches look easy.
GAME SITUATION: The Blazers cleared a 15-point deficit in the fourth quarter, reaching CJ McCollum's 22-foot line with a time of 113 seconds remaining at 113-133. Paul George and Lillard then exchanged buckets before Russell Westbrook missed a driving lay-up that was hit by Al-Farouq Aminu 17.1 seconds before the final whistle. Lillard accepted the delivery and dribbled quietly near the Blazers logo near the Blazers logo, glared at Paul George, and then came to the game winner.
CELEBRATION: The 3-pointer gave Lillard 50 points for the game, and he waved good-bye to the Donnerbank in the midst of a thundering roar from his hometown. He was immediately bullied by his teammates as confetti rained. As the thunder left the ground, Lillard circled the yard, high-fiving fans, while the crowd "MVP! MVP!"
GRADE: sang a little better than that. Five Horrys.
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Special offers in Toronto, say Philly
the Toronto Raptors and the Philadelphia 76ers had taken care of the business on Tuesday.
Both teams started fast and took consecutive wins in their respective Game 5 tournaments and set off in the semi-finals of the Eastern Conference. 19659002] Kyle Lowry set the tone for the Raptors and scored Toronto's first nine points. In the meantime, the Orlando Magic 10 missed their first 11 shots and went to 0 in the first three out of three points. The Raptors jumped out with a 24-7 lead and never looked back on their 115-96 victory.
Kawhi Leonard had another recklessly efficient game, scoring 27 points in 8: 11, including 5 out of 5 from the 3-point area. He hurried with a cheers from "MVP, MVP" with 8:05 and Toronto with 30 points.
The Sixers had even less resistance from the Brooklyn Nets, who had been overwhelmed since winning the series opener.
Joel Embiid shook off a bad left knee again and had six points and five rebounds in the first two minutes. The Sixers scored the first 14 points of the game and led 30-6 in the first quarter with two minutes left.
"They did what they wanted before we even got on the board," Nets All-Star Guard D & # 39; Angelo Russell said.
Embiid ended up with 23 points and 13 rebounds in just 20 minutes, and no starter played more than 27 minutes in the 122-100 series.
If there's a game that summarizes this game, it's Embiid's baseline Jam over Rondae Hollis-Jefferson.
It's been 18 years since Philadelphia and Tornoto met in the playoffs when the 76ers led by Allen Iverson defeated Vince Carter-led Raptors in seven games.
Jokic, Bluebirds of the Nuggets Spurs
The Denver Nuggets are nearing their first playoff series victory since 2009, having won the San Antonio Spurs 108-90 in the Pivotal Game 5 had been dismantled.
Once again, the story of Nikola Jokic ended with 16 points, 11 rebounds and eight assists before making up most of the fourth quarter.
For the series Jokic averages 19.6 points, 11.6 rebounds and 9.0 assists.
"What Nikola Jokic does in his playoff debut has not happened very often in the history of this game," said Nuggets coach Mike Malone. "He can influence the game in many ways … I hope the national television audience is watching us and saying," Man, this boy is real. "