Portland got that first-round hump off their backs in heart-stopping style thanks to Damian Lillard. Watch the young star dust Chandler Parsons for a deep three in eerily similar fashion to Brandon Roy a few years back. The crowd explodes over Portland’s 99-98 win, Mike Tirico loses his sh*t and Chandler takes a seat like Craig Ehlo.
The buzzer-beater looks like it comes straight out of Hollywood but calling it a prayer sells it way short. Damian makes a really savvy break for the ball off the inbound and gets a clean look. Lillard’s a roughly 46% shooter from three this postseason so his make doesn’t seem fluky. Also everyone outside of Houston ought to see the beauty in eliminating a team while down two with .9 ticks left.
Lillard’s shot solidifies his place in Portland Trail Blazers’ lore after fourteen years of Quarterfinals or bust. Plus every kid ball-player dreams of draining a last second three in the NBA playoffs. Damian’s just one of the fortunate guys to live it out.
The Blazers play the winner of Dallas’ and San Antonio’s series in the Western Conference Semifinals.