55 points by Damian Lillard not enough

The Portland Blazers wasted Damian Lillard’s latest historic NBA playoff performance in loss to the DenverNuggets.

Lillard poured in a playoff career-high 55 points Tuesday in an otherworldly shooting display, but the Denver Nuggets prevailed 147-140 in a double-overtime thriller to take a 3-2 lead in their first-round series. MVP favorite Nikola Jokic had 38 points, 11 rebounds, and nine assists for the Nuggets, who can close out the series in Game 6 on Thursday in Portland.

Lillard was the star of the night despite the loss. He shot 17-of-24 from the field overall, including an NBA playoff record of twelve 3-pointers, in 52 minutes. He also added 10 assists for the first 55-point, 10-assist game in postseason history.

“It doesn’t matter. We lost the game,” Lillard said. “At this point, all that matters is that we can’t lose another game in the series.”

Damian Lillard

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