Being one point behind and only 16.5 seconds left in the game, Damian Lillard drove past Lonzo Ball on the left side of the lane for a layup, which drew contact and finished for a three-point play. Game, set, match!
Portland’s leading man showcased his typical clutch credentials on Wednesday night, scoring 43 points and 16 assists, securing the 126-124 win against the New Orleans Pelicans. Another game-sealing bucket from Lillard, which brings him to a total of 25 game-tying or go-ahead field goals in the final 20 seconds of the fourth quarter or overtime — the most in the NBA since entering the league in 2012.
The Blazers are starting to win games and consistently win, even without CJ McCollum, Jusuf Nurkić, and Zach Collins, who have all missed playing time. Portland’s played five games in the last seven nights and won all of them, including wins over the Sixers and Mavericks. They currently stand with a six-game winning streak, and in a post-game interview, Lillard said:
“Everybody is coming in and doing their job. I’m not just saying that to give people credit. It looks the way it does because everybody is coming in and doing their job. Without CJ, Nurk, and Zach, we don’t win these games if it’s not collective the way it’s been.”
It’s incredible what Lillard creates on the floor. Every time I write about him, or the Blazers, it’s about the team building to something special or consistently getting better and better. Damian is taking his talents to new heights this season, which is outrageous, but does ‘Dame Time’ have a ceiling?
Catch you Monday.