NBA Wrap: Lillard two threes in 9 seconds; Zion Williamson’s Jordan record; Lakers snap losing streak

Is there anything Damian Lillard can’t do?

The Portland Trail Blazers star broke Chicago Bulls hearts, nailing two clutch three-pointers with less than nine seconds on the clock to win 123-122.

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Down by five points with 11.5 on the clock, an inbound to Lillard set him up for the 37-foot shot, which he drained with ease, leaving 8.2 second left on the clock and the ball in the Bulls’ hands.

The Blazers then stopped Bulls gun Zach LaVine, with the referees calling a jump ball when Gary Trent Jr. got his hands on the ball.

Some fans were spewing about the call however with some believing it should have been a foul, but it set up an incredible finish.

Trent Jr won the jump with the ball coming out and getting to Lillard with the star hitting a step back three to snatch the win with an insane buzzer beater.

“Damian Lillard, game winner in Chicago, back-to-back threes to break the heart of the Bulls,” the commentator said.

Say it with us 🗣️ "He's an #NBAALLSTAR" 🗣️@dame_lillard | @biofreeze pic.twitter.com/SMzW1amoY2

Lillard praised his teammates for getting him in the position to steal the game but

“I think this one is special because in these situations, where we are down five with I think 11 seconds left, those are moments where the winning team thinks they have the game pretty much wrapped up and the opposing team is discouraged,” Lillard said.

Shooting doesn’t get much better than this.Source:AFP

“(The coaching staff) will all tell you I am the most ambitious person in the world. They take me out when we’re down 10 with 15 seconds left and I am coming out of the game (ticked) off. In my head, I play out every situation how we can somehow come out on top. This is special because it usually never works out how I see it in my head.”

The Blazers were up as much as 19 in the fourth quarter but the Bulls came back and looked to have wrapped it up before Lillard stole the game.

Lillard finished with 44 points, nine assists and six rebounds but none of his teammates were surprised by the incredible finish.

[email protected]_Lillard barely got one foot in the door before the celebration started. 😅 💦

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“I know what Dame is going to give you,” coach Terry Stotts said. “He’s going to give his effort. He never quits. No matter how far we are down he always believes we have a chance to win, and that attitude, that confidence is infectious.”

Enes Kanter said he’s “used to that shot” but also recognises that it’s “unbelievable what he can do.”

But Trent Jr wasn’t surprised as Lillard has a highlight reel riddled with moments like this.

“The first time, I was shocked when I got here at first as a rookie, seeing it from day one, whether it was ending practice, ending games,” Trent added. “But now at this point, it’s what he does. Nobody is surprised in a sense. He makes big-time shots. He’s done this time after time after time, so at this point, I knew it was going in when he shot it.”

Social media erupted for the moment.

Dame DOLLA acceptance language cash only 💵 https://t.co/dwzFuF8e28

I’m gonna need someone to CGI a crowd and do sound design for that Dame comeback game winner from tonight.

who do you think is the most clutch player in the nba and why @dame_lillard?

HOLY SHIT I JUST SAW WHAT DAME DID

He does this all the Dame Time @Dame_Lillard 😤 https://t.co/YvbZcwO6fI

ZION ALONGSIDE JORDAN IN RARE AIR

He couldn’t lead his Pelicans past a suddenly surging Houston, but Zion Williamson found himself in rare air on Sunday.

The Rockets won 126-112, including 27 points from Christian Wood, beating a New Orleans side that was coming off a win over Milwaukee.

Williamson finished with 26 points – the 31st time in his first 40 games he has scored 20 points or more.

Only one player has ever done better than that, and you might’ve heard of him: Michael Jordan (34 times).

But Williamson beats everyone when it comes to field goal percentage through a player’s first 40 games, sitting at 58.5% – the best in NBA history.

Through a player’s first 40 games:@Zionwilliamson’s FG% (58.5) is the best in NBA history and his 31 games with 20+ points is 2nd only to MJ’s 34 games (via @EliasSports) #WontBowDown | #NBAALLSTAR pic.twitter.com/Raji5lCDNX

— Fox Sports

LAKERS ‘DAMN SURE’ NOT LOSING

Anthony Davis scored 27 points to fuel the Los Angeles Lakers, who ended their two-game NBA losing streak in dramatic style Saturday with a 96-95 victory over the Celtics in Boston.

A well-rested Davis, who sat out the Lakers’ loss to the Pistons in Detroit on Thursday with a bruised thigh, added 14 rebounds for the reigning NBA champions.

LeBron James finished with 21 points, seven rebounds and seven assists for the reigning NBA champions, who bounced back after defeats in Philadelphia and Detroit.

“We’re a team that takes pride in not losing two in a row and we lost two in a row,” Davis said. “For damn sure we weren’t losing three in a row.”

Jayson Tatam and LeBron James went head to head.Source:Getty Images

It was a close-run game, however.

Jayson Tatum scored 30 points and pulled down nine rebounds for the Celtics and Jaylen Brown added 28 points.

It was a one-point game when Boston’s Marcus Smart departed with 10:28 remaining after a fall that left him with what the Celtics said was a calf strain.

James drained a three-pointer to put the Lakers up 88-85 with 5:25 remaining and the Lakers pushed the lead to as many as seven points before the Celtics again narrowed the gap.

Tatum cut the deficit to 96-95 with 32.8 seconds remaining.

Boston’s Kemba Walker blocked a Davis shot but missed at the other end. Teammate Daniel Theis grabbed the rebound but couldn’t get his follow-up effort to fall.

The victory was especially satisfying, Davis said, not necessarily for the long history between two clubs that own 17 NBA titles apiece but because of what happened the last time the Lakers played in Boston in March.

“We got a little revenge,” Davis said. “This team beat us by 30 the last time we were in this building.”

AFP

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