Insane stat proves Damian Lillard is the most clutch player in the NBA today
The Trail Blazers superstar guard made another clutch shot in a career full of them, hitting a three-pointer in the final minute in their 121-118 win over the Mavericks to spoil another big night from Luka Doncic. Lillard finished with a team-high 34 points on top of three rebounds and 11 assists as they won their 16th game of the season.
Lillard’s latest cardiac shot is one of many that he’s made, and a statistic pointed out by ESPN’s Tim McMahon shows just how reliable the five-time All-Star has been in tough situations.
Per @ESPNStatsInfo: Damian Lillard hit his 33rd career go-ahead bucket in the final minute of a game (including playoffs) tonight vs. Mavs. That leads the NBA since Lillard arrived in the league in 2012-13. pic.twitter.com/pCgxltCoQY
— Tim MacMahon (@espn_macmahon) February 15, 2021
Since entering the NBA in the 2012-2013 season, the 30-year old guard has made memorable clutch shots in his colorful career, including series-winning baskets against the Houston Rockets in the first round of the 2014 NBA Playoffs and the Oklahoma City Thunder in the first round of the 2019 NBA Playoffs.
In addition, the former NBA Rookie of the Year has also helped the Trail Blazers remain perennial contenders, with the team having seven straight postseason appearances. With a 16-10 record following their victory over the Mavericks, Rip City are now fifth in the Western Conference despite still missing the services of CJ McCollum and Jusuf Nurkic due to major injuries.
With the race to the NBA Playoffs heating up, it wouldn’t be surprising to see Damian Lillard knock down more clutch shots as he continues to prove that he’s one of the most fearless players today.