Damian Lillard has picked Game 5 of the 2019 playoffs against the Oklahoma City Thunder as the best he’s ever played. That game was full of good moments, with the Thunder and the Trail Blazers going at it to take the W, but ultimately, Lillard sealed the deal for his team with a memorable buzzer-beater.
He scored 50 points and hit the series-clinching shot at the buzzer over Paul George.
“Having 50, hitting the game-winner, series walk-off, I told him (my trainer) literally this morning, I think this is probably my best game,” Lillard told Omar Raja of House of Highlights.
Dame finished that night 17-of-33 from the field and 10-of-18 from beyond the arc. The Blazers star waved goodbye to the Thunder after hitting that epic 3-pointer and was mobbed by his teammates on the floor. An iconic moment, for sure.
That was the last chapter of a series that saw Lillard playing great basketball. He averaged 33.0 points in the five-game stretch while shooting 46.1 percent from the floor and an incredible 48.1 percent from the 3-point line. He was a man on a mission, take the Thunder down.
After that, the Blazers faced the Denver Nuggets, who they beat in seven games before landing in the Western Conference Finals and get swept by the Golden State Warriors.
Portland had a very interesting offseason and they are seen as one of the candidate teams to win the West next season. Lillard will hope to have a similar postseason, changing the history of franchises as he did with the Thunder, who traded both Russell Westbrook and Paul George after that series loss.