Lillard's 50 points, buzzer-beater bounce Thunder

Damian Lillard scores 50 points as Portland beat Oklahoma to advance in NBA play-offs

Damian Lillard scores 50 points as Portland beat Oklahoma to advance in NBA play-offs

As the first round of the 2019 National Basketball Association playoffs conclude, the sports world is left in shock after Damian Lillard hit an insane clutch shot to send the Oklahoma City Thunder home Tuesday night.

Kyle Lowry scored 14 points as the Raptors finished off the Magic easily, bouncing back from a Game 1 defeat to win by double-digits in three of the next four.

The final three-pointer was Lillard's 10th of the night giving him the franchise record for threes in a playoff game.

And in the night's other game, the Denver Nuggets beat the San Antonio Spurs 108-90 to move within one win of a series victory.

Yup, that's me. Damian Lillard. Lillard controlled the ball up top, waiting until the last second to make sure he either won the game for his team, or it went to overtime. Shooting an incredibly efficient six of nine from three in the first half, Lillard single-handedly kept the Blazers competitive against the Thunder, scoring almost 60% of their total points. Unfortunately for the OKC Thunder, the Blazers were the better team in this series.

Adams had 29 minutes on court scoring ten points and grabbing four rebounds with Paul George topscoring for the Thunder with 36 points while Russell Westbrook collected 29 points, 14 assists and 11 rebounds. Westbrook hit a 3-pointer to extend the lead while Lillard took a break on the bench.

Lillard's game-winner came after a historic first half for the Blazers' leader. No one knew he was going to show up, and honestly I think we fed off that.

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"That was the last word", he afterward. "Contested, 35-plus-feet out, tough shots", George said.

The Thunder went up 22-12 early, and George made his first six shots from the floor.

Perhaps, though, the most cold-blooded moment of all occurred in the seconds between when he nailed his shot and when he made his face.

Stotts noted that he felt comfortable with Lillard's decision to shoot from so far out because Portland was gaining momentum, because Westbrook and George had five fouls apiece, and because the score was tied. "You live with that".

And there was one last parting shot after that.

The first round of the playoffs featured a lot of intriguing storylines but not much competitive play.

Denver took an 11-point lead into halftime and grew it to 30 points during the fourth quarter.

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