Portland Trail Blazers’ Damian Lillard hits playoff record 12 3s in 2OT loss

In one of the most electrifying postseason performances ever, Damian Lillard had 55 points and an NBA playoff record 12 3-pointers in the Portland Trail Blazers’ double-overtime loss to the Nuggets in Game 5 on Tuesday night in Denver.

Lillard broke the record of 11 set by the Golden State Warriors’ Klay Thompson in 2016 in Game 6 against the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Lillard played 50 minutes and shot 17-of-24 from the field, including 12-of-17 from 3-point range, but it wasn’t enough as the Nuggets held him off in the second overtime and won 147-140 to take a 3-2 series lead.

“Damian Lillard was superhuman tonight,” Nuggets coach Michael Malone said.

The record-breaking 3 came with 3 minutes, 47 seconds left in double overtime as Lillard bombarded the Nuggets with a series of deep step-backs to keep the Blazers in the game. He hit one to tie the score with 3.7 seconds in regulation, which came after a review overturned a foul on a 3 that would’ve given Lillard three free throws. He hit another in the first overtime with 6.6 seconds over the 6-foot-10 Michael Porter Jr. to tie the score again and force the second extra frame.

That one completed a nine-point comeback in the final two minutes, all led by Lillard.

It was quite the bounce-back for Lillard, who scored just 10 points on 1-of-10 shooting in Game 4. But the Blazers blew Denver out in Game 4 behind a strong defensive performance and balanced scoring.

In Game 5, Portland couldn’t find answers for likely MVP Nikola Jokic, who finished with 38 points, 11 rebounds and 9 assists, and a stronger bench performance led by Monte Morris (28 points and 5 assists).

The series turns back to Portland on Thursday for Game 6.

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