Damian Lillard Takes Trail Blazers to Round 2 With Ridiculous Buzzer Beater (Video)
With less than a second to go in Game 6 between the Portland Trail Blazers and the Houston Rockets, things were not looking good for the hometown Blazers. They were trailing by two points, with the Rockets set to win their third game of the series and take it to Game 7. But then Blazers guard Damian Lillard hit a perfect three-point buzzer beater, clinching the game and the series, and sending the crowd into a frenzy.
It was one of those perfect plays you sometimes see in the NBA, made all the more exciting thanks to the dramatic circumstances surrounding it. Now, the Blazers move on to the second round of the NBA Playoffs for the first time since 2000.
After sinking the series-winning buzzer beater, Lillard continued his night of triumph by shouting “Rip City” into a microphone. You can see a couple videos of the buzzer beater by Damian Lillard that advanced the Portland Trail Blazers into the second round of NBA Playoffs below, as well as some video of his post-play celebration afterward. All of them are well worth watching, unless you had a lot of money on the Rockets.
Here’s some clean video of the play from ESPN’s broadcast of the game:
And here’s a messier, court-level shot of Lillard’s buzzer-beating, game-winning three-pointer:
And finally, here’s the celebration: