For the second time in his career, Damian Lillard knocked down a buzzer-beating series-clinching game-winner.
The first time was in Game 6 of the first round of the 2014 playoffs against the Houston Rockets. This time, it was Game 5 vs. the Oklahoma City Thunder in the first round of the 2019 playoffs.
Not only did he knock down the game-winner, but with it, he capped off a 50-point night (franchise record), which included a franchise-record 10 made three-pointers.
He joined an illustrious list with this spectacular game:
⌚️ @Dame_Lillard joins Bob Cousy, Bob Pettit, Wilt Chamberlain, Sam Jones, Michael Jordan and Charles Barkley as the only players in @NBAHistory to record 50-PT games when their team clinched an #NBAPlayoffs series. #RipCity pic.twitter.com/oRdASKcb6Y- NBA.com/Stats (@nbastats) April 24, 2019
And his peers around the league got Twitter abuzz, tweeting out their love and showing their appreciation for Lillard's heroic game:
⌚️- LeBron James (@KingJames) April 24, 2019
A little late to the party but that was absolutely ridiculous @Dame_Lillard- Kevin Love (@kevinlove) April 24, 2019
That dude is crazy. What a shoot by Dame. And I didn't get the assist on that one 🤷🏾♂...- Nicolas Batum (@nicolas88batum) April 24, 2019
One of the coldest game winners I've seen..- 🏁 Jamal Crawford (@JCrossover) April 24, 2019
Damn Dame! Wow!- Draymond Green (@Money23Green) April 24, 2019
What a game @Dame_Lillard!! 👏🏼👏🏼#Respect @nba #WhereAmazingHappens #NBAPlayoffs- Pau Gasol (@paugasol) April 24, 2019
😳- Rudy Gobert (@rudygobert27) April 24, 2019
... now thats a dagger. What a performance. All series long. Salute to a true hooper. 💯- Ricky Rubio (@rickyrubio9) April 24, 2019
A couple of WNBA players showed their appreciation as well:
DAME TIME!!!! #byebye- Breanna Stewart (@breannastewart) April 24, 2019
@Dame_Lillard bye bye ⌚️- Sue Bird (@S10Bird) April 24, 2019