Damian Lillard Hit the Greatest Series-Ending Shot of All Time & Instantly Became a Meme
It's Dame Time.
Portland Trail Blazers star Damian Lillard might have just hit the greatest game-ending shot of all time.
The Portland Trail Blazers defeated The Oklahoma City Thunder 118-115 in game 5 of the first round of the playoffs on Tuesday, April 23rd. In the process, the Trailerblazers eliminated the Thunder from contention, beating the Russell Westbrook and Paul George-led team 4-1.
But it wasn't just what the Trail Blazers did. It was how they did it. With the clock ticking down, and the game tied, Lillard was dribbling near half court, with Paul George guarding him. He then pulled up and hit a 37-footer at the buzzer — with George guarding him tightly. Making things even more epic was the fact that it was Lillard's 50th point of the game.
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It will go down as one of the greatest NBA shots of all time. Making things better was how Lillard handled: cold-blooded. In fact, his nonchalant demeanor quickly became a meme:
\u201ci was trying to figure out what Lillard's face reminded me of and I finally got it\u201d— Kyle Neubeck (@Kyle Neubeck) 1556085302
None— \ud83d\udfe2Opt1mu5Pr1m3M9 (@\ud83d\udfe2Opt1mu5Pr1m3M9) 1556107077
\u201cDame Lillard with the most disrespectful moment in recent NBA history from 4 angles\u201d— Juu (@Juu) 1556083974
It must have been a sweet moment for Lillard, especially considering he dropped 50 on his rival Russell Westbrook
\u201cAgain, since Westbrook told Lillard "I've been busting that ass for years" on Jan 22nd, Dame has scored 31, 50, 30, 29, 24 and 50 on him.\u201d— ParakHEAT Cortes (@ParakHEAT Cortes) 1556104768
None— Ryan (@Ryan) 1556091867
\u201cLMAO Terry Stotts & Berry Tramel wanna clown Russell Westbrook so bad \ud83d\ude02\u201d— Chris Montano (@Chris Montano) 1556083926
Even NBA stars couldn't help but get in the fun:
\u201cThat might\u2019ve been the coldest buzzer beater I\u2019ve seen\u201d— Trevor Booker (@Trevor Booker) 1556082241
What a great night for the NBA.