Blazers star Damian Lillard speaks out on tiring Game 3 vs. Nuggets
The Blazers and Nuggets played just the second 4OT playoff game in NBA history. Fortunately for Portland, they managed to come out on top and edge Denver 140-137 to take a 2-1 series lead.
However, Lillard admits that it wasn’t easy, saying that he was “really tired” in the overtime period. The four-time All-Star added that it all came down to which team can dig deep and fight through the exhaustion.
Blazers' Damian Lillard on 4OT win over Nuggets: "I was really tired. You start to cramp up. We knew they were going through the same thing. It wasn't like we were going through a long practice. It was a matter of who was going to dig deeper, fight through, get the extra rebound" pic.twitter.com/Z7SlLS2ei0
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Damian Lillard had a huge game for the Blazers, finishing as the team’s second leading scorer with 28 points on 41.7 percent shooting. He also had six rebounds, eight assists and two steals.
Moreover, the Weber State product provided some much-needed clutch plays in the game. In fact, in the third overtime, he scored the game-tying lay-with 8.4 seconds left on the clock.
The game was undoubtedly a rollercoaster, and Lillard and Co. can only be happy for surviving what could be said as their toughest game so far. Portland will now look to take a 3-1 lead when they play Denver on Tuesday, May 7, for Game 4.