Blazers Beat Thunder, Advance on a Dramatic Damian Lillard Buzzer Beater

Damian Lillard. Photo by Imagine China/REX/Shutterstock (8879774g)

In a testy series full of back-and-forth trash talk and hard fouls, Portland Trail Blazers point guard got what he described as ¨the last word¨ on Tuesday against the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Lillard nailed an amazing long-range buzzer beater as time expired at the Moda Center in Portland to put the nail in the coffin of a 118-115 victory which propelled his team to a 4-1 first round series victory.

Lillard cooly waved goodbye to the Thunder bench, quieting his opponents as he waltzed into the next round with his team.

The Blazers point guard had one of the best games in recent NBA playoff memory, torching the Thunder for 50 points and playing all but 3 minutes of Game 5.

In fact, Lillard’s 50 points was the highest total in Blazers playoff history.

Despite a Herculean effort by Paul George, who scored 36 points and collected 9 rebounds for the underdog OKC side, it simply wasn’t enough to force a Game 6.

Portland’s run continues in the playoffs after despatching of George and superstar Russell Westbrook, who struggled against Portland’s defense.

They’ll move on to face the winner of the series between the Denver Nuggets and the San Antonio Spurs for the right to advance to the Western Conference Finals.