Trail Blazers’ Lillard hits playoff-record 12 3s in 2OT loss to Nuggets

Damian Lillard scored 55 points and set an NBA playoff record of 12 3-pointers in the Portland Trail Blazers’ double-overtime loss to the Denver Nuggets in Game 5 on Tuesday.

The Blazers star played 52 minutes and shot 17-of-24 from the field, including 12-of-17 from three-point range, but it wasn’t enough as the Nuggets struck back in the second overtime to win 147-140 and take a 3-2 series lead.

Lillard broke Golden State Warrior Klay Thompson’s record of 11 3-pointers set in 2016’s Game 6 against the Oklahoma City Thunder. He was also the first player in the last 25 seasons to score multiple 3-pointers in the last 10 seconds of the fourth quarter or overtime of a playoff game.

Despite the record, Lillard was disappointed with the final result.

“It don’t matter. We lost the game,” he said. “I mean, at this point, all that matters is we can’t lose another game in this series. We go out there and we play to win the game and we came up short.”

The Nuggets played strong all night, going 5 for 7 on 3-pointers in overtime to the Blazers’ 4 of 12.

Lillard scored his record-breaking 3-pointer with 3 minutes, 47 seconds left in the double overtime. His 55 points are the third most in NBA history in a playoff loss.

In addition, he scored or assisted on 37 of the Blazer’s final 42 points. Overall, he scored or assisted on 80 points in the game, which tied a record for the most ever in NBA playoff history.

Game 6 will be played in Portland on Thursday.

 
Portland Trail Blazers

 

The Portland Trail Blazers are an American professional basketball team based in Portland, Oregon. (wikipedia)

 
 
Damian Lillard

 

Damian Lamonte Ollie Lillard Sr. is an American professional basketball player for the Portland Trail Blazers of the National Basketball Association . (wikipedia)

 
 
Denver Nuggets

 

The Denver Nuggets are an American professional basketball team based in Denver. (wikipedia)

 
 
Terry Stotts

 

As assistant coach Terry Linn Stotts is an American professional basketball coach and former player who is the head coach for the Portland Trail Blazers of the National Basketball Association (wikipedia)

 
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