Damian Lillard Hits Game-Winner to Beat the Detroit Pistons (VIDEO)
With a tenth of a second to spare.
With time running out in overtime on Sunday night in Detroit, the Portland Trail Blazers entrusted point guard Damian Lillard with the game’s outcome, and he did not let them down. Per the Oregonian: “We were like, ‘It’s over, now let’s get the hell out of here,’ Lillard said, explaining the muted celebration. ‘Because we just stole one.’ The Blazers overcame a 13-point deficit with a furious fourth-quarter rally, then stole an overtime win away from the rough and rugged Pistons with a few clutch plays and Lillard’s jumper. [...] After Rodney Stuckey nailed a 20-foot jumper to tie the game at 109-109 with 13.3 seconds remaining, Lillard went to work. Coming out of a timeout, he gathered an in-bound pass from Batum on the perimeter, allowed a few seconds to tick off the clock, then charged ahead toward the game-winner. During the Blazers’ timeout, before Lillard walked onto the court, assistant coach David Vanterpool told Lillard that — if he wound up taking the final shot — he would need to showcase a double move because the Pistons’ frontcourt was giving Stuckey help on attempts at the rim. So after Batum passed Lillard the ball, with Stuckey all over him, he drove into the lane on the left side and planted to give himself a little breathing room. Then he twirled around to the right, leaned back and heaved a 14-foot fadeaway jumper over Stuckey. It dropped with 0.1 seconds left, giving the Blazers (21-4) another improbable victory and touching off the tepid celebration. ‘Once he took away the first move, I just spinned over my other shoulder,’ Lillard said of the play. ‘I figured he would try to meet me at the basket if I tried to spin, so I just faded away off the spin. It was good D. He had a good contest, but I was able to get the shot off.’”