By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
The Portland Trail Blazers eliminated the Oklahoma City Thunder from the playoffs. The Trail Blazers won 118-115 over the Thunder at Moda Center in Portland, Oregon.
The Trail Blazers won the series 4-1. Portland advances in the playoffs one-year after being defeated in the first-round by the New Orleans Pelicans.
The Thunder have lost in the first-round the past three seasons.
Damian Lillard made the game-winning three-pointer near half court to win the series. He even trolled the Thunder after the shot, as he waved goodbye to them.
He is just the second player, according to ESPN’s Stats and Info, to have multiple game-winning three-point buzzer-beaters in the playoffs over the last 15 postseasons. He joins LeBron James in doing this.
Lillard had 50 points. He also had seven rebounds, six assists, three steals, and one block.
He had 34 points at halftime, which was the most points by any NBA player at halftime since Steve Nash in 2005.
This was Lillard’s best performance of this series. His previous high was 32 points in Game 3 against the Thunder on April 19.
In addition, this is Lillard’s 50-point performance of the season. He had 51 points against the Thunder in a 129-121 overtime loss on March 7th.
He was one of four Portland players, who scored in double-digits. C.J. McCollum and Maurice Harkless scored 17 points each, while Enes Kanter had 13.
The Trail Blazers had 12 bench points. Seth Curry led the bench with seven points. He also had three rebounds, one assist, two steals, and one block.
Paul George led the Thunder with 36 points. He also had nine rebounds and three assists.
The 36 points were the most points he had in a game in the series. His previous series high was 32 points in Game 4.
This was his highest-point total in a game since he had 45 points against the Utah Jazz in a 148-147 win in double overtime on Feb. 22.
George was one of five Oklahoma City players, who scored in double-figures. Russell Westbrook scored 29 points, while Dennis Schröder had 17 points.
Jerami Grant had 16 points and Steven Adams had 10 points.
The Thunder had 21 bench points. Schröder led the bench with his aforementioned 17 points. He also had two rebounds and three assists.