Portland Trail Blazers

Damian Lillard's dagger three helps Blazers stun Warriors in OT at Oracle

Damian Lillard, an Oakland native, shot a game-winning three in overtime to lead the Blazers past the Warriors.
Damian Lillard, an Oakland native, shot a game-winning three in overtime to lead the Blazers past the Warriors. (Getty Images)

In the Portland Trail Blazers' final game in Oakland, Damian Lillard, an Oakland native, wasn't going to go down lightly.

He knocked down a game-winning three with 5.1 seconds left in overtime to seal the win, squashing the Warriors comeback attempt and leading the Blazers to a 110-109 victory.

The Warriors nearly pulled a rabbit out of the hat, sending the game into overtime after the Blazers led by 10 with 3:13 left in the regulation, but as we've seen him do many times before, Lillard popped up in the right place at the right time and knocked down the dagger from deep.

Outside of the late three, Lillard wasn't having his best game - 21 points, and 5 assists on 35% shooting (7-of-20) from the field. His backcourt mate CJ McCollum, who put up 24, didn't have a great shooting night either, making only seven of his 22 field goal attempts (31.8%).

The team as a whole shot only 36.2% from the field and 32.5% from beyond the arc, yet they stunned the two-time defending champions, clinching their first win at Oracle Arena in the Steve Kerr era.

Today's loss was the Warriors' second-straight defeat after losing by 26 to the Los Angeles Lakers on Christmas Day and despite scoring a team-high 29 points and fuelling the Warriors comeback, Steph Curry didn't have his most efficient night, connecting on just 11 of his 26 shots from the field and turning the ball over seven times.

Kevin Durant recorded his 12th career triple-double with 26 points, 11 assists and 10 rebounds but couldn't knock down what would have been the game-winning shot in overtime.

Through regulation and OT, both teams were more or less neck-and-neck apart from the Warriors' showing at the free-throw line. They uncharacteristically shot just 40% from the charity stripe, a stat they otherwise rank second in the league in.

"Definitely stings when you leave money out there on the floor," Durant said post-game. Unacceptable to miss that many free throws."

Both these teams play each other once again on Saturday, this time in Portland at the Moda Center.

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