Dame Time. It's becoming so commonplace, we just expect it. Any time the Portland Trail Blazers are locked in a close game in the fourth quarter, fans race to NBA League Pass expecting to see Damian Lillard take over.
Incredibly, he continues to deliver.
Lillard did it again Tuesday night, pouring in a season-high 50 points to lead the Blazers to a 125-124 victory over the New Orleans Pelicans. He scored 20 points in the fourth quarter and hit a pair of go-ahead free throws with 1.2 seconds left as the Blazers overcame a 17-point deficit in the final six minutes for the win. Lillard finished 13-of-20 from the field, 6-of-13 on 3-pointers and 18-of-18 on free throws.
⌚️ 50 POINTS ON 20 SHOTS ⌚️@Dame_Lillard erupts for a season-high 50 to go along with 10 AST, sparking the @trailblazers 17-point comeback win! #RipCitypic.twitter.com/Ws5cuuqklR
"He continues to do things that are remarkable," said Blazers coach Terry Stotts. "Fifty points and 10 assists, and game-winners, and all the things that he does. I'm never surprised, but I never take it for granted."
The late-game heroics were just the latest in a season full of them for Lillard, who has put together a clutch time résumé as impressive as anyone in the league.
The NBA defines clutch time as the final five minutes of a game with a point difference of five or fewer. Lillard leads the league in clutch points with 124. He's shooting 60.3% from the field (35-of-58), 53.3% from 3-point range (16-of-30) and 100% from the foul line (38-of-38) in clutch situations.
Going deeper, in the final minute of games with a point difference of five or fewer, Lillard leads the NBA with 57 points while shooting 12-of-18 overall (66.7%), 5-of-9 on 3s (55.6%) and 28-of-28 on free throws.
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