Damian Lillard Drops 17 Points in Final 3 Minutes to Stun Durant and Westbrook

Bryan Brandom
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Going into the final three minutes of his Portland Trail Blazers' tilt with the Oklahoma City Thunder on Sunday night, point guard Damian Lillard had a ho-hum (for him) night going: 14 points on 4-of-12 shooting.

Then, with his team trailing by eight, Lillard went off.

Starting with a drained three-pointer at the 3:08 mark, the two-time All-Star closed out the game shooting 5-of-6 for 17 points, propelling his team to a 115-110 comeback victory.

Lillard scored all but three of his team's final 20 points.

"You don't see that very often," said head coach Terry Stotts.

For OKC, Russell Westbrook finished a rebound shy of a triple-double—25 points, 15 assists, 9 boards—and Kevin Durant scored 28 to go with 6 rebounds and 4 assists.

But the pair of Thunder stars shot just 17-of-42 from the field while the Blazers set their season high with 19 three-balls.

Durant recognized the offensive potency that Lillard and starting shooting guard C.J. McCollum provide.

"They were coming off pick-and-rolls, shooting fall-away 3s, step-back 3s," Durant said. "You've got to give them credit. That's what they do. They have two guards that make shots."

 

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