Damian Lillard: Buzzer Beater 'The Last Word' in Feud with Russell Westbrook

Scott Polacek@@ScottPolacekFeatured ColumnistApril 24, 2019

PORTLAND, OR - APRIL 23: Damian Lillard #0 of the Portland Trail Blazers celebrates after Game Five of Round One of the 2019 NBA Playoffs against the Oklahoma City Thunder on April 23, 2019 at the Moda Center in Portland, Oregon. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2019 NBAE (Photo by Sam Forencich/NBAE via Getty Images)
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Damian Lillard provided the last word in his individual battle with Russell Westbrook, and what a last word it was. 

Lillard drilled a game-winning three-pointer from well beyond the arc to clinch the Portland Trail Blazers118-115 victory in Tuesday's Game 5 against the Oklahoma City Thunder. Portland won the series 4-1 thanks largely to his efforts, as he poured in 50 points in the final contest and didn't back down from Westbrook throughout the series.

"There's been a lot a talk, a lot of back and forth, and that was the last word," Lillard said, per Royce Young of ESPN.

The back-and-forth between Lillard and Westbrook served as a central storyline for much of the series, as the two All-Star point guards consistently trash-talked each other, played with a physical approach and got into scraps for loose balls. Westbrook was particularly boisterous near the end of OKC's lone win in Game 3.

However, Lillard earned the last laugh and can now turn his attention toward a second-round matchup against either the Denver Nuggets or San Antonio Spurs.

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