The Moda Center saw yet another Damian Lillard show on Tuesday night. The Portland Trail Blazers came back from a 17-point deficit in the fourth quarter to win the game against the New Orleans Pelicans. This 125-124 victory was one of the closest games of this season.
The clock struck “Dame Time” tonight in Portland. Lillard went on to score 50 points and also recorded 10 assists in the game. The New Orleans Pelicans were flying high after the win against LA Clippers and dominated this game for the first three quarters. However, a sensational comeback resulted in the win being snatched away from their hands.
Blazers coach Terry Stotts was in awe of Lillard’s performance. He said, “He continues to do things that are remarkable. 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.”
Damian Lillard and co snatch a victory from the jaws of defeat
The New Orleans Pelicans led the game 117-100 with just under six minutes to go. Coming back from such a huge deficit was something unheard of. However, The Blazers went on an amazing 16-0 run in the next three minutes to cast some doubt in the minds of people who had written them off.
Lillard scored a clutch free throw in the final second of the game to make the score 125-124 in favor of the Blazers. With 0.6 remaining on the clock, Lonzo Ball threw a dime to Zion Williamson at the other end of the court to make the shot. However, the shot did not go in and Portland Trail Blazers were declared the victors.
The 30-year-old was asked to speak about this memorable comeback after the game. He said, “I think with how it happened and the position we were in down the stretch. In fact, this will be one I remember,”
This game was also marked by the return of CJ McCollum from injury. He was named a starter and showed no signs of fatigue. In his 26 minutes, he scored 10 points on 3 of 11 shooting.
The Portland Trail Blazers are sixth in the Western Conference standings. at the moment they are in contention for the playoffs. Moreover, The return of CJ McCollum will bolster the team’s confidence. Coach Stotts and his men will look forward to qualifying and doing well in the postseason.
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