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Wednesday, December 18th, 2013 at 9:00 am  |  10 responses

Damian Lillard Beats Cleveland With Game-Winning Three (VIDEO)

Sorry, Cleveland, your turn.

After duelling with Kyrie Irving, once again, Damian Lillard stepped up and coldly stuck a dagger in a team’s heart with time running out. Sorry, Cleveland, it was just your turn. Per the Oregonian: “Cold blooded,’ Cleveland’s Dion Waiters said of the game-winner. ‘Incredible,’ Joel Freeland said of the dominant individual performance. ‘He’s like a silent assassin on the court,’ Earl Watson said of Lillard. ‘He’s deadly when he shoots the ball.’ Lillard was certainly a last-second marksman for the Blazers on Tuesday, calmly and confidently nailing a 30-foot step-back three with 0.4 seconds left to lift them to a 119-116 victory over the Cavaliers before 15,689 at Quicken Loans Arena. It was the second consecutive game-winner for Lillard — who hit a fadeaway jumper to beat the Detroit Pistons Sunday — and provided another remarkable moment in a season that continues to amaze. ‘It’s crazy that we’re pulling off wins like this,’ Freeland said of the Blazers, who possess the NBA’s best record at 22-4. At the very least, it was a crazy outing for Lillard. Going head-to-head against another of the NBA’s marquee young point guards, Kyrie Irving, Lillard played one of the best games of his career, finishing with 36 points, 10 assists, eight rebounds and one blocked shot. He made 11 of 23 shots, including 8 of 12 three-pointers, and flirted with or set multiple career highs. Lillard made the most threes of his career, tied his career-high in rebounds and registered the third-highest scoring output of his career. All the while, he became the first player to finish with at least 36 points, 10 assists, eight rebounds and eight three-pointers since Jason Kidd did so on April 11, 1995. There were portions of the game in which Lillard simply took over — he opened by scoring the Blazers’ first five points, he scored nine consecutive points during one dynamic stretch in the third quarter and he scored six Blazers points in the decisive fourth.”

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  • Dfrance

    “All the while, he became the first player to finish with at least 36 points, 10 assists, eight rebounds and eight three-pointers since…” I really hate random azz stats like this.

    Lilliard got icewater in them vein tho!

  • 360

    Cold Blooded! (Rick James voice)

  • http://twitter.com/niQknacks niQ

    ILLard does it again!

  • Max

    That’s the shot I was talking about couple of days ago.
    His step back is DEADLY!

  • TR

    I’m more impressed by the fact J-Kidd hit that many 3s since he wasn’t ever that great a shooter.

  • Kathy Miller

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  • pposse

    honestly he is kind of undersized and the release on the shot is not over his head. I think that if these defenders do their due diligence and realize that he didn’t even make a move until under 3 seconds it was clearly going to be a 3 pt shot attempt, and if you know that then a decent defender should be able to block or severely alter that shot.

    In any case the shot was nasty, what is he comin off back to back game winners now?! nuts.

  • Dfrance

    You know he’s 3rd all time in 3 point makes behind Ray and Reggie right? He became a really good 3 point shooter as he got older.

    I am surprised he did that in 1995 tho, he was still Ason Kidd then.

  • TR

    I know hes 3rd, but I dont know if I’d say J-Kidd was a great shooter. He had a couple years in dallas where he was really good, but it wasnt ever his thing.He’s my favorite player so im def not knocking him.

  • brothasdontsurf

    Kyrie isn’t elite until he’s the one defending against that last shot, not some journeyman forward.

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