Damian Lillard of the Blazers set a postseason record

Damian Lillard is a constant danger, and as soon as he crosses half-court, the defense tenses up. It makes no difference what you say in response. Dame is the master of the clutch situation. In Game 5, his teammates let him down down the stretch. He went above and above to win the game.

The Nuggets won 147-140 in double overtime on Tuesday to grab a 3-2 series lead against the Trail Blazers, who had a career-high night from Damian Lillard.

Lillard hit a career-high 12 3-pointers in the NBA playoffs, including game-tying shots to force OT and double OT, and scored 55 points on 17-of-24 shooting. Klay Thompson’s single-game playoff record of 11 was broken when he made 12 of 17 from three. He also had six rebounds and ten assists. It makes no difference. Lillard stated, “We lost the game.”

At this moment, the only thing that counts is that we don’t lose another game in this series. We went out there and tried to win the game, but we fell short. However, it wasn’t enough to beat a Denver squad that led by as many as 22 points in the second quarter. Nikola Jokic had 38 points, 11 rebounds, and nine assists, while Monte Morris came off the bench to score 28 points. In the two overtime sessions, Jokic and Morris combined for 16 of Denver’s 26 points.

Nuggets coach Michael Malone stated, “We never hung our heads.” We never put ourselves down. We got up every time they launched a haymaker and threw us onto the canvas.

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Lillard scored 20 of Portland’s final 22 points, including a 28-foot three-pointer with three seconds left to force OT. Portland went behind 134-126 with 1:52 to go in the first overtime, but Damian Lillard fired down three consecutive 3s, including a 27-foot stepback with 6.6 seconds left, to send the game to second overtime at 135-135.

It’s a pity we wasted one of the great performances you’ll ever watch, Blazers guard CJ McCollum remarked. Game 6 will take place in Portland on Thursday.

How did the Nuggets overcome Lillard at his best?

Nick Kosmider, Denver writer: The Nuggets needed every last ounce of energy Jokic could generate. It was delivered by the most likely MVP, who was running on fumes.

They needed Morris’ finest postseason performance, and the backup point guard, pressed into a larger role due to the absence of Jamal Murray, delivered. They also needed Michael Porter Jr., who went virtually unnoticed in Saturday’s Game 4 defeat. He did just that, scoring 26 points, grabbing 12 rebounds, and, in double overtime, hitting the game-winning 3-pointer.

Is Dame the NBA’s most clutch player?

NBA staff writer Zach Harper says: There’s a reason it’s named Facundo Campazzo Time. Lillard isn’t only the NBA’s most clutch player at the moment. Since joining the league in 2012, he’s been the league’s most clutch player by the numbers. He’s one of the all-time great clutch players.

Damian Lillard is a constant danger, and as soon as he crosses half-court, the defense tenses up. It makes no difference what you say in response. Dame is the master of the clutch situation. In Game 5, his teammates let him down down the stretch. He went above and above to win the game.

What can Portland do to assist him more effectively?

For starters, they could make some shots, according to Trail Blazers beat writer Jason Quick. The Blazers went 1-for-14 in the two overtimes, with the lone basket coming from Enes Kanter after he collected a missed 3-pointer by McCollum on Portland’s first possession of the first overtime. One of the misses was a dunk attempt by Robert Covington in the second overtime when Portland trailed by three.

There were important turnovers too — Carmelo Anthony lost his dribble out of bounds with 3:49 left in regulation and McCollum stepped out of bounds with 9.1 seconds left in the second OT. The supporting cast as a whole needs to make fewer mistakes and hit a few shots.

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