Does anybody in the NBA right now hit more big shots than Damian Lillard? The Portland Trail Blazers’ star guard got it done again on Thursday night with a nasty stepback three with 0.7 seconds left to beat the Los Angeles Lakers 113-110.
The Lakers actually hit a huge three of their own on the play before Lillard’s game-winner, when Kentavious Caldwell-Pope nailed a three to tie the game.
But Dame answered:
The Lakers got a great look at a three to tie it at the buzzer, but Kyle Kuzma’s shot hit the front of the rim and the Trail Blazers escaped with the win.
Lonzo Ball put together what had to be one of the quietest 28-minute performances in NBA history. The rookie scored zero points on two shot attempts, and had 4 rebounds and 3 assists. After scoring 29 points in his second career game, Ball has scored a total of 41 points over the six games since (or, an average of 6.8 points per game). He’s also had at least five assists just once over the last four games. These are natural ups and downs of a rookie player, but the Lakers (3-5) will need their point guard to be more productive going forward in order to win games.