In Damian Lillard’s first game back from calf injury, Josh Hart made his best “Dame Time” impersonation with a crazy buzzer-beater to help the Portland Trail Blazers take down the Miami Heat.
In a wild turn of events, the Heat actually tied the game prior to Hart’s game-winner. Max Strus shocked the whole of Portland with an off-balance triple that went in to make it 107-107. With just six seconds left on the clock, Lillard took the ball and quickly brought it down the court, looking like he would be taking the shot.
Naturally, Heat defenders swarmed on Lillard. The triple team on Dame, however, kept Hart open from the left corner. Lillard saw his teammate and made the pass, with the 27-year-old getting the job done.
🚨 JOSH HART HITS THE GAME-WINNER FOR THE BLAZERS 🚨pic.twitter.com/eQm3j5JqwR
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Josh Hart finished with a near triple-double of 12 points, nine rebounds and eight assists. While he did have five turnovers, he made two steals and had the second-highest rating on the plus-minus box score (+13). Furthermore, he made the most important shot of the game.
Anfernee Simons led the Blazers in scoring with 25 points, while Jerami Grant finished with 23 and Damian Lillard chipped in 19. As for the Heat, seven players scored in double figures, but no one breached the 20-point mark. Bam Adebayo, Max Strus and Jimmy Butler were the team’s top-scorers with 16 points each.
The Blazers improved to 7-3 with the win. It’s also a nice bounce-back after they were destroyed by the Phoenix Suns in their meeting last Saturday.