In one of the most electrifying postseason performances in history, Damian Lillard scored 55 points and an NBA Playoff record of 12 3-pointers in the Portland Trail Blazers’ double overtime loss to the Denver Nuggets in Game 5 on Thursday. Tuesday night.
Lillard broke the record of 11 set by Klay Thompson in 2016 in Game 6 against the Oklahoma City Thunder.
Lillard played 50 minutes and fired 17 of 24 shots from the field, including 12 of 17 from 3-point range, but it wasn’t enough as the Nuggets stopped him in the second overtime he won 147-140 to take a Cable from the series 3-2.
“Damian Lillard was superhuman tonight,” Nuggets coach Michael Malone said.
The record of 3 came with 3 minutes and 47 seconds to go in double overtime when Lillard bombarded the Nuggets with a series of deep steps back to keep the Blazers in the game. He connected one to tie the score with 3.7 seconds in regulation time, which came after a review canceled a foul on a 3 that would have given Lillard three free throws. He hit another in the first overtime with 6.6 seconds over 6’10-foot Michael Porter Jr. to tie the score again and force the second overtime.
That one completed a nine-point comeback in the final two minutes, all led by Lillard.
It was a great rebound for Lillard, who scored just 10 points on 1 of 10 shots in Game 4. But the Blazers beat Denver in Game 4 with a solid defensive performance and a balanced touchdown.
In Game 5, Portland couldn’t find answers for likely MVP Nikola Jokic, who finished with 38 points, 11 rebounds and 9 assists, and a more solid performance on the bench led by Monte Morris (28 points and 5 assists). .
The series returns to Portland on Thursday for Game 6.