Damian Lillard sets playoff record with 12 3-pointers vs. Nuggets


What you just watched was history in the making!

Damian Lillard has been here before. 

Dame Time. Lillard Time. We all know what that means.

With Game 5 between the Portland Trail Blazers and Denver Nuggets on the line, Carmelo Anthony inbounded the ball to Lillard, who took it from there:

That was just to force OT. 

And then with the Blazers down in OT, Dame took over once again.

Dame, who is known for his clutch playoff shooting, came up big again.

Lillard hit the most 3s of any player in an NBA playoff game with 12 makes from downtown. He also set a franchise record with 55 points in Game 5.

The sports world went crazy watching Lillard's performance:


It was the best playoff performance I've ever seen," head coach Terry Stotts said after the game. 

After the game, Austin Rivers, who was responsible for guarding Lillard, shared this candid response on Twitter. 

The Blazers came back from 22 points down to force OT, but despite Lillard's historic performance, the presumptive MVP, Nikola Jokic, and the Nuggets outlasted the Blazers 147-140 to take a 3-2 lead in the first-round series.

"He gave it his all -- we're all disappointed," Stotts said. "I have empathy for Dame. But now's not the time for empathy. We have to regroup and be ready to play Game 6."

Game 6 is Thursday night at Moda Center at 8 p.m. ET on NBC Sports Northwest.

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