nstant Analysis: Damian Lillard does it again as Trail Blazers defeat Warriors in final seconds


Damian Lillard does it again as Trail Blazers defeat Warriors in final seconds originally appeared on NBC Sports Northwest

It came down to the wire Wednesday night after Portland got off to a slow start.

Stephen Curry broke free on the perimeter, knocking down his first three three-pointers and he continued to light it up from all over the floor.

It was apparent from the jump, the Warriors were going to make someone else other than Damian Lillard beat them.

With Golden State throwing multiple, lengthy, defenders at Lillard all game while blitzing and doubling teaming on the pick and roll and every other chance they could, it was up to the rest of the team.

But in the end, it was all Lillard.

The Warriors took a 56-55 halftime lead, but the Blazers made an adjustment in the second half with Gary Trent Jr. or Rodney Hood handling most of the primary ball responsibilities to give Lillard more of an opportunity off the ball.

However it was Carmelo Anthony’s second half scoring coupled with Lillards clutch play and the Warriors missing shots that they usually make in the final minute that propelled the Blazers to defeat the Warriors 108-106.

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Portland also came up with a big-time stop in the final four seconds with Lillard stepping in and taking a charge as Draymond Green drove through the lane.

Entering the fourth quarter, Portland had a two-point lead.

But in the final minute of the game, Lillard drained clutch free throws and Dame Time three.

At the end of the first quarter, Golden State held a 29-28 lead after holding Lillard to seven points.

The Blazers were once again without Harry Giles (left calf strain), CJ McCollum (left midfoot fracture), Jusuf Nurkic (right wrist fracture) and Zach Collins (left ankle stress fracture).

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