Blazers' Damian Lillard 'knows what time it is' after nailing clutch three

Wednesday December 24th, 2014

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.

 

 

 

 

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