Damian Lillard won the 2012-13 Rookie of the Year award, and it looks like he’s never heard of a sophomore slump.
Lillard is averaging 20 points per game, and he is shooting a blistering 42 percent from beyond the arc. The Blazers currently sit atop the Western Conference with a 21-4 record, and they look like real contenders. The Pistons pushed them in this one, as they led for the majority of the game behind Josh Smith’s 31 points, but Portland made a run, and forced overtime.
Lillard had eight points in the extra period, but it was his last shot that made the difference. Lillard did a little shake-and-bake with seven seconds left in the game, and he got off a mid-range attempt before time expired. Needless to say, the Blazers won on that shot, and they look formidable.
LaMarcus Aldridge has excelled this season, and with an improved bench, this team could end up with a deep playoff run. Lillard finished with 23 points and seven assists, and the Blazers now have a full game lead over the Spurs for the best record in the west.
This was an incredible shot from an incredible player.