Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant and extra react to Damian Lillard’s unimaginable Recreation 5 efficiency

Kevin Durant mentioned it finest: Watching Damian Lillard work is a “non secular expertise.”

The Path Blazers star exploded for 55 factors in Tuesday night time’s Recreation 5, however the Nuggets survived the scoring onslaught and captured a 147-140 double-overtime win. Lillard shot a preposterous 17 of 24 from the sector, 12 of 17 from 3-point vary and 9 of 10 from the free throw line whereas throwing in 10 assists, six rebounds, three blocks and one steal.

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Lillard set the NBA playoff document for most 3-pointers in a sport and have become the primary participant in league historical past with no less than 50 factors, 10 assists and 10 3-pointers in an everyday season or playoff sport. He additionally had the third-most factors in a playoff loss behind solely Michael Jordan (63) and Donovan Mitchell (57).

However it wasn’t simply the numbers themselves that surprised NBA followers and gamers — it was how Lillard carried Portland down the stretch. He hit the triple that despatched the sport to time beyond regulation (after a controversial foul name).

Denver jumped out to an early lead, however Lillard refused to let the sport slip away.

And he compelled one other time beyond regulation interval as a result of… after all he did. 

When he really missed a shot, Nuggets guard Austin Rivers regarded to the sky and mentioned, “Thank God.”

Sadly for Lillard, his Path Blazers teammates did not provide a lot assist down the stretch, and the Nuggets walked away with a 3-2 collection lead.

“It do not matter. We misplaced the sport,” Lillard mentioned after Recreation 5. “I imply, at this level, all that issues is we won’t lose one other sport on this collection.”

This is how gamers across the league reacted on social media to Lillard’s ridiculous outburst:

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