Damian Lillard’s series-winner, from all angles

By Lang Whitaker, NBA.com

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — I did not care who won Game 6 of the Portland/Houston series. I am not a fan of either team, and to me it didn’t matter which team won. I was up late on the East Coast watching the game, sure, because I love sports and I love basketball, and also because it’s my job. But was I cheering for either team? Nope, not at all.

I say all of that to give context to what happened next. When Chandler Parsons scored with 0.9 seconds remaining, I figured it meant we were headed for a Game 7 in the series. Which was fine by me, considering how great the games in that series had been. And then Damian Lillard came flying around the top of the key, caught the ball, calmly drained the game-winner, and the arena went crazy.

And I sat forward to the edge of my couch and thrust a fist into the air. Again, I didn’t care who won the game. (If anything, Portland winning meant more work for me because I was now on the hook for an Horry Scale post.) I just spontaneously felt like, as fan of sports, I needed to celebrate that moment, probably the best moment of the playoffs thus far.

What a shot, what a moment. Since that shot went down, more and more angles and versions of the shot have surfaced, and I thought we should compile them all in one place for posterity…

The original ESPN broadcast…

VIDEO: Lillard’s GWBB

Lillard’s shot via the phantom cam…

VIDEO: Lillard phantom cam

The Portland radio broadcast…

A Vine shot by a fan sitting courtside…

Video shot by a fan higher up in the stands…

VIDEO: Portland fan vid

And finally, a GIF from the great Patrick Truby
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(Portland radio via Awful Announcing)

One Comment

  1. lbj says:

    Series winner from all angle is not yet a ring Damian. You need to play with our “king” LeBron you still have time left to leave Portland and go to South Beach!