“Bro...he was not missing for sh*t," Austin Rivers said of Damian Lillard's Game 5 performance in a 147-140 2OT loss to the Nuggets."1 hand in his face, 2 hands in his face. Lol I’m like wtf is this.”
In one of the most electrifying scoring displays in the history of the postseason, Dame had 55 points on 17-for-24 shooting from the floor and NBA postseason record 12 3-pointers, breaking Klay Thompson's single-game playoff record of 11. He also had only 1 turnover, becoming only the second player with 55 points, 10 assists, and zero or 1 turnover in a regular-season or a playoff game since Michael Jordan in '92.
Lillard scored 20 of the Blazers' final 22 points, capping it off with a stepback three to send the game to overtime. He knocked down three consecutive long-range jumpers in the first OT, including another step-back three with 6.6 left on the clock, sending the game to a second OT at 135-135. The Nuggets outscored the Blazers 12-5 in the final 5 minutes, securing a huge home win, despite Lillard's all-time great postseason performance.
Damian Lillard was superhuman tonight.
Mike Malone, ESPN
Nikola Jokić led Denver with a huge performance of his own --38 points, 11 rebounds, and 9 assists. Michael Porter Jr. had 26 on 10-for-13 from the floor, along with 12 rebounds. Monte Morris played 41 minutes off the bench, pouring in a career-high 28 points on 7-for-18 shooting. Austin Rivers added 18, and Aaron Gordon put up 14 points and 10 rebounds.
Robert Covington had 19 for the Trail Blazers. Their second-best player, CJ McCollum, added 18 on 7-for-22 from the field. Jusuf Nurkić and Norman Powell both had 13 points of their own. But the story of the game was Damian Lillard, and Rivers wasn't the only one in awe of his performance.