Portland Trail Blazers’ Damian Lillard (0) reacts to teammate Jusuf Nurkic (27) fouling the Denver Nuggets in a fourth quarter that would end at 121-121 to force overtime at Ball Arena on Tuesday June 1, 2021. (Photo by AAron Ontiveroz / MediaNews Group / The Denver Post via Getty Images)
SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – Basketball fans and NBA players alike erupted on social media during the historic playoff performance of former Weber State and current Portland Trail Blazers star Damian Lillard.
The Denver Nuggets hosted Lillard and the Blazers for Game 5 of their first round playoff series on Tuesday, June 1.
Lillard carried the Portland throughout the game and forced overtime with a three-point pointer in the dying seconds of regulation.
Towards the end of overtime, the former Wildcat hit another triple to send the game into double overtime.
In the end, Portland suffered a 147-140 double overtime loss. The result gave Denver a 3-2 lead in the series.
Lillard finished the game with 55 points on 17-24 shots, including 12-17 from downtown. He also had six rebounds, 10 assists, one steal and three blocks in 52 minutes on the field.
His 12 three-pointers are a single-game record for an NBA playoff game.
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During Lillard’s spectacular screening, fans shared their excitement on social media.