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Damian Lillard hits buzzer-beating three-pointer to seal Portland Trail Blazers series win over Oklahoma City Thunder

Lillard hits franchise-record 10 three-pointers and records 50 points to seal 4-1 series win

Wednesday 24 April 2019 10:01, UK

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Highlights from Game 5 of the first-round playoff series between Oklahoma City Thunder and Portland Trail Blazers

Damian Lillard capped a 50-point game by sinking a long three-pointer as time expired to give the Portland Trail Blazers a 118-115 victory over the visiting Oklahoma City Thunder on Tuesday night and a five-game series win.

Game leaders

Oklahoma City Thunder

  • Points: Paul George - 36
  • Assists: Russell Westbrook - 14
  • Rebounds: Russell Westbrook - 11


Portland Trail Blazers

  • Points: Damian Lillard - 50
  • Assists: Damian Lillard -6
  • Rebounds: Enes Kanter - 13

Blazers win series 4-1

Playoff Picture: How things stand

Playoff Picture: How things stand

How do the eight first-round playoff series currently stand?

Tuesday night's playoff scores

  • Brooklyn Nets 100-122 Philadelphia 76ers - 76ers win series 4-1
  • Orlando Magic 96-115 Toronto Raptors - Raptors win series 4-1
  • San Antonio Spurs 90-108 Denver Nuggets - Nuggets lead 3-2
  • Oklahoma City Thunder 115-118 Portland Trail Blazers - Blazers win series 4-1

Lillard set a franchise playoff scoring record as the Trail Blazers clinched the first-round Western Conference playoff series.

Paul George scored 36 points for the Thunder, while Russell Westbrook collected 29 points, 14 assists and 11 rebounds.

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Damian Lillard hit a series-clinching three-pointer at the buzzer to earn the Portland Trail Blazers a 118-115 Game 5 win over Oklahoma City Thunder

Oklahoma City led by 15 points with 7:45 left but Portland got back to within 107-98 on back-to-back dunks by Moe Harkless, the latter coming with 5:50 remaining. Enes Kanter got the Blazers within 108-100 on a lay-up with 5:14 to play.

Lillard drained a three-pointer, but Westbrook answered with a trey of his own to make it 111-103 with 4:26 left.

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Harkless sank a pair of free throws to cut it to 111-105 but George scored on a twisting lay-up to extend the Thunder's lead to 113-105 with 3:52 remaining.

CJ McCollum scored on a runner to trim the difference to 113-107, then banked in a shot to make it 113-109 with 1:39 to go. Two foul shots by Harkless cut it to 113-111 with 1:22 remaining.

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Damian Lillard celebrates after his buzzer-beating three-pointer sealed a 4-1 series win for Portland
Image: Lillard celebrates after his buzzer-beating three-pointer sealed a 4-1 series win for Portland

McCollum tied it at 113-113 on a jumper with 57.1 seconds left, but George pushed Oklahoma City back ahead 115-113 with a basket with 39.4 seconds on the clock.

Lillard tied the game with a lay-up with 32.8 ticks left. After a Westbrook miss, the Blazers rebounded and got it to Lillard, who hit the series-clinching bomb at the buzzer.

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Oklahoma City jumped to a 16-6 lead in the first four minutes, with George hitting his first four shots and scoring nine points. George was 6-of-6 before missing, staking the Thunder to a 37-29 advantage after one quarter. George had 15 points and Lillard 19 in the quarter.

Lillard kept going, scoring 15 more points in the second quarter as Portland took a one-point 61-60 half-time edge. George had 20 points and Westbrook 12 for the Thunder before the break.

Portland used a 12-2 run to go in front 84-75. Oklahoma City responded with a 15-2 tear to go ahead 90-86 late in the third quarter. The Thunder took a 90-88 lead into the final period.

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