The Portland Trail Blazers trailed by eight with a little more than three minutes remaining.
Damian Lillard made sure that result didn't hold.
Lillard scored a game-high 31 points, with 17 of them coming in the final 3:06, as the Blazers came back to beat the Oklahoma City Thunder, 115-110, on Sunday night at the Moda Center.
The Blazers trailed 103-95 with 3:19 remaining. Every OKC starter scored in double figures, led by Kevin Durant's 28 points, and the Thunder seemed to be in prime position to win.
But that didn't happen. Here's a glimpse of Lillard's highlights, courtesy of B/R:
Damian Lillard was on FIRE tonight! He buried 8 three-pointers as the Blazers knocked off the Thunder! 🔥🔥 https://t.co/VO1cJEDU9Q— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) January 11, 2016
ESPN's Royce Young documented Lillard's insane few minutes:
3:19 left OKC up 103-95. Then... - Lillard 3 (103-98) - Lillard 3 (105-101) - Lillard 3 (107-104) - Crabbe 3 (108-107) - Lillard 3 (110-110)— Royce Young (@royceyoung) January 11, 2016
The Big Lead's Rob Perez also showed how involved Lillard was in the final minutes, taking up almost every slot in the Blazers' play-by-play card:
Damian Lillard just incinerated the entire metropolis of Oklahoma City in a One Minute 35 second span pic.twitter.com/HTM8C5rjka— Rob Perez (@World_Wide_Wob) January 11, 2016
Lillard tied a career high with eight three-pointers, with seven of them coming in the second half and four coming in the final three-plus minutes, per Trail Blazers PR.
While fans will remember the night for what he did scoring-wise, Lillard also had a great passing night with nine assists, moving up the Blazers' all-time assist leaderboard in the process, per the Blazers:
When the second round of All-Star ballots came back, Lillard was 10th among Western Conference guards with just over 81,000 votes, almost 400,000 votes behind Oklahoma City Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook for the second starting spot. After tonight's performance, he may garner more votes, and the Blazers want to make sure that happens:
Lillard shot 9-of-18 from the field and missed only one free throw. The show he put on resembled that of a Los Angeles Lakers guard who also went off against the Thunder a few days ago, per Anthony Slater of the Oklahoman:
Damian Lillard out here acting like he's Lou Williams.— Anthony Slater (@anthonyVslater) January 11, 2016
Although the Blazers are two spots out of the No. 8 seed in the Western Conference, you can never forget the impact that Lillard can make on a nightly basis. He's capable of putting the Blazers on his back when needed, and Sunday was one of those times.
Portland may be struggling, but Lillard is one of the best point guards in the league and proved it again Sunday.