Blazers' Damian Lillard 'knows what time it is' after nailing clutch three
Blazers guard Damian Lillard tapped his wrist and exclaimed, "Y'all know what time it is" after nailing a deep three-pointer to force overtime during a 115-111 road victory over the Thunder on Tuesday.
History repeated itself and Lillard was ready with a go-to celebration that is sure to take on a life of its own (cue the internet memes).
With 5.2 seconds remaining in regulation and the Thunder leading 98-95, Lillard came free to the top of the key on a sideline inbounds pass. Steve Blake made the easy pass and Lillard did the rest, taking advantage of a clean look to bury a game-tying three-pointer to force overtime. The shot was reminiscent of Lillard's game-winning, buzzer-beating, series-clinching three-pointer against the Rockets in Game 6 of a first-round series against in the 2014 playoffs.
As he returned to the bench, Lillard tapped his right wrist, as if pointing to a watch, and declared, "Y'all know what time it is" before receiving congratulations from his teammates. The Blazers' have often used the phrase "Lillard Time" on social media as a tribute to Lillard's late-game prowess.
Portland would go on to win in overtime thanks to 40 points (on 11-for-21 shooting), 11 assists and six rebounds from Lillard. LaMarcus Aldridge added 25 points (on 9-for-28 shooting) and nine rebounds.
Russell Westbrook led the Thunder with 40 points (on 16-for-34 shooting), 10 rebounds and six assists. Down the stretch, he committed a bad foul, was whistled for a technical foul, and missed a crucial free throw as Oklahoma City gave back a 10-point lead in the game's closing minutes.
Portland improved to 23-7. Oklahoma City dropped to 13-16.