And just like that, my 2014 NBA season and time as a Crown Royal Center Court ambassador has come to an end. In just nine tenths of a second Friday night, Damian Lillard ended Houston Rockets’ championship hopes with a buzzer beater three point shot. I probably looked as stunned as the Rockets team. I mean, I know it’s not over until the clock says zero, but what are the odds the Portland Trailblazers would sink a game winning three pointer with less than a second on the clock? Oh and for my trivia loving sports friends,Trail Blazers’ Lillard’s unbelievable shot was the first buzzer-beating shot to win a playoff series since John Stockton defeated Houston in 1997.
The game winning shot goes down as the best shot in the history of the Portland Trailblazers. Adding a little bit of salt to our wounds, two of the Crown Royal Top 10 Reign On Plays of the NBA Playoffs highlight Trailblazers’ Damian Lillard sinking ridiculous shots. No doubt, Lillard has mad talent, and his stats during the Rockets vs. Trailblazers series are proof he’s a big factor in Portland’s success. In Friday’s game Lillard scored 25 points with 14 shots, shooting 8-for-14 from the field, including 6-for-10 from 3-point range.
Another fun fact: Damian Lillard is the first player to post at least 125 points and 35 assists in his first five career playoff games since Tim Hardaway (one of the NBA”s best point guards) in 1991.
So, while the Houston Rockets are done for the 2014 NBA season, the San Antonio Spurs are still in the hunt. Tonight, they’re up against the Trailblazers, and I’ll be pulling for Tony Parker and the Spurs to win one for Texas. Of course< I want a reason to celebrate with Crown XO, so I’m really hoping the Spurs can win the series.
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