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.
Here is video:
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) April 24, 2019
Damian Lillard (50 PTS) buries the three for the #TissotBuzzerBeater and the @trailblazers advance to the Western Conference Semifinals with the 118-115 Game 5 victory! #ThisIsYourTime #RipCity#NBAPlayoffs pic.twitter.com/cVqLJkHLR4
— NBA (@NBA) April 24, 2019
— Mike Benner (@MikeBennerKGW) April 24, 2019
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:
— Haley O’Shaughnessy (@HaleyOSomething) April 24, 2019
i was trying to figure out what Lillard’s face reminded me of and I finally got it pic.twitter.com/MplfzQwYVL
— Kyle Neubeck (@KyleNeubeck) April 24, 2019
Yup, that’s me. Damian Lillard. You’re probably wondering how I ended up in this situation… pic.twitter.com/CTxx5RqkXt
— Cameron Grant (@coolghost101) April 24, 2019
— Tim Sorenson (@timmysorenson) April 24, 2019
Unbelievable Dame Lillard. pic.twitter.com/o1AasDw3SK
— Shaun Sundholm (@f_letter) April 24, 2019
Dame Lillard with the most disrespectful moment in recent NBA history from 4 angles pic.twitter.com/Lq6FLpMZ7Y
— Juu aka 📈 (@JuuHeardMe) April 24, 2019
— DJ First Class™ 🏁 (@1DJFirstClass) April 24, 2019
It must have been a sweet moment for Lillard, especially considering he dropped 50 on his rival Russell Westbrook
Again, 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. pic.twitter.com/S3oRoY3wNH
— Parakeet Cortes (@Ryan_Cortes) April 24, 2019
Wow, Dame is walking Westbrook back to the bus. What a sportsman. pic.twitter.com/BWX5qJQEQw
— Ian Karmel (@IanKarmel) April 24, 2019
Westbrook missed more shots (20) than the rest of his team combined (19). pic.twitter.com/NbdZZRZTML
— Juniúer (@juniuer) April 24, 2019
— hermit groove 93 (@iamnotdippa) April 24, 2019
LMAO Terry Stotts & Berry Tramel wanna clown Russell Westbrook so bad 😂 pic.twitter.com/QE5440hxH1
— Chris Montano (@gswchris) April 24, 2019
Even NBA stars couldn’t help but get in the fun:
— LeBron James (@KingJames) April 24, 2019
— Allen Iverson (@alleniverson) April 24, 2019
— DWade (@DwyaneWade) April 24, 2019
That might’ve been the coldest buzzer beater I’ve seen
— Trevor Booker (@35_Fitz) April 24, 2019
A little late to the party but that was absolutely ridiculous @Dame_Lillard
— Kevin Love (@kevinlove) April 24, 2019
@Dame_Lillard has absolutely caught the Holy Ghost!
— Channing Frye (@channingfrye) April 24, 2019
What a great night for the NBA.