It didn't matter how awkwardly Portland Trail Blazers point guard Damian Lillard had to contort his 6'3'' frame. It didn't matter how much contact he absorbed from larger opponents. No matter what, Lillard was getting to the rim. The 2013-14 All-Star pulled all the stops on Monday night to keep his team from being swept by the San Antonio Spurs in their Western Conference semifinal series.
"It was about wanting it more," Lillard said after the 103-92 win in Game 4 at the Moda Center in Portland, Ore., via NBA.com. "The Spurs are a championship team, but we didn't want to be that team to get swept, or the team that facing uphill battle that gave up. We weren't ready to go home."
Lillard's game-high 25 points included some incredible finishes. Here are three spectacular plays that will tell you everything you need to know about his night:
He split the defense and then down a tomahawk dunk
This basket seems like it should have been impossibe
Even when defenders managed to block his path, he still scored
(GIFs via @DMarang)
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