Damian Lillard Sinks Miracle Game-Winner, Sends Trail Blazers to Second Round

By Gil Alcaraz IV
Damian Lillard
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If there’s one way you love to see a hard-fought series end, it’s with a ridiculous three-point heave with a second left to seal the deal.

That’s exactly what Damian Lillard did in Game 6 of the Portland Trail Blazers’ first-round series against the Houston Rockets. See for yourself the moment when the second-year stud elevated himself to super stardom level.

Wow. What a shot.

Lillard, who went from rookie to All-Star in 2013-14, has been a clutch shooter for the Trail Blazers this season, and this is just the latest example of his late-game abilities. Portland needed someone to deliver as the clock struck zero, and Lillard uncorked one from a different area code for the huge win.

Along with Lamarcus Aldridge, Lillard gives the Trail Blazers serious hope moving forward. They managed to oust a tough Rockets team in six games, and have a huge wave of momentum heading into the second round. They’ll take on the winner of the San Antonio SpursDallas Mavericks series, which is headed for Game 7 after a Mavericks’ win tonight.

If this is any indicator of what we can expect from the Trail Blazers throughout the rest of the playoffs, though, other teams better be at the top of their game. Lillard has emerged as a star, and Adridge is pretty good himself. They’re developing into a dynamic duo, which could cause quite the headache for opponents.

Awesome shot by Lillard. That’s what the NBA Playoffs are all about.

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