55 points. 17/24 FG. 12 3’s (playoff record). 10 assists. 6 rebounds. 3 blocks. Forced OT. Forced 2nd OT. Lost.
That is a legitimate stat-line produced by Damian Lillard in the most exhilarating game in the playoffs thus far. The Denver Nuggets narrowly outlasted Portland 147-140 in double-overtime, but Dame’s performance may be on the Mount Rushmore of All-Time Performances In A Loss. Lillard is the first player in NBA history with 50 Pts, 10 Ast and 10 3-pointers in a game, regular season or playoffs.
Damian Lillard's shot chart tonight should be inducted into the Hall of Fame, good god. pic.twitter.com/aAxWzCjo5X
— Ryan Blackburn (@NBABlackburn) June 2, 2021
Kevin Durant, whose Nets polished off the Celtics last night, dubbed Lillard’s performance a “masterpiece” before admitting he was “at a loss for words.” He went on to categorize it as a “spiritual experience.”
During one of just five of misses on 17 attempts from deep, Nuggets guard Austin Rivers literally thanked a higher power during action for gifting him with a rare Dame misfire.
Austin Rivers after the Dame miss 💀 pic.twitter.com/gxHbuABrN8
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) June 2, 2021
Rivers praised Lillard after the game, claiming the six-time NBA All-Star is “as tough as they come.”
Austin Rivers with nothing but respect for Damian Lillard’s performance.
— Hoop Central (@TheHoopCentral) June 2, 2021
“Bro … he was not missing for sh*t. 1 [hand] in his face, 2 hands in his face. Lol I’m like wtf is this. Banking threes and sh*t. In all seriousness it’s really fun to guard him. He’s as tough as they come. No lie.”
Players around the league echoed Rivers’ sentiment.
wtf dame 🤦🏽♂️🔥
— Ja Morant (@JaMorant) June 2, 2021
— Zach LaVine (@ZachLaVine) June 2, 2021
Dame MF’n Dolla!!
— DeMar DeRozan (@DeMar_DeRozan) June 2, 2021
DOLLA!!!!!! Somebody tell my guy Malone, DAME CAN BEAT YOU!!!
— Draymond Green (@Money23Green) June 2, 2021
Someone gotta put this Dame Dolla performance in The Lourve!
This is a masterpiece!
— Damion Lee (@Dami0nLee) June 2, 2021
Dame Top 5
— Josh Hart (@joshhart) June 2, 2021