Damian Lillard: 50-point Game 5 performance put PG in rare company

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Damian Lillard was unstoppable Tuesday night, pouring in 50 points and dropping the hammer on the Oklahoma City Thunder with a buzzer-beating three.

The final shot was absurd, as Lillard launched from 37 feet.

It was so absurd that after the game, Paul George called it a “bad, bad shot.”

Not surprisingly, Lillard disagreed: “It was a great feeling when it left my hands,” Lillard said, per Royce Young of ESPN. “It felt good.”

In addition to the fact that Lillard’s final shot of the series buried his opponent, it also put him in rare company.

According to Elias Sports Bureau, Lillard is just the third player in the past 50 years to drop 50-plus in a series-clinching win. He joins Charles Barkley (1994) and Michael Jordan (1992) as the only players to do it.

Just a remarkable achievement by Lillard, who has his Blazers on a roll right now.