Well, ex-Saint Joseph’s Notre Dame basketball player Damian Lillard knows what to do under pressure: produce.
Lillard made the shot last night and put the Portland Trail Blazers into the next round of the NBA playoffs. With that 99-98 win, the team defeated the Houston Rockets in the series by four games to two.
According to news reports, Lillard played for SJND during his sophomore year in 2005-2006. But he wasn’t a high scorer for the team and elected to transfer to Oakland High School.
As a junior at Oakland, he averaged 19.4 points per game. He helped his team reach the semifinals during his senior year, when he averaged 22.4 points and 5.2 assists per game.
After graduating from Weber University in Utah, Lillard joined the NBA in 2013, when he was Rookie of the Year. This season, he was an NBA All-Star.
During first game of the playoffs, Lillard scored 31 points and recorded 9 rebounds and 5 assists. The Trail Blazers won the April 20 game, 123-120, in overtime.
On Friday, May 2, he made the game-winning three-point shot at the buzzer. The ball left his hands with 0.9 seconds left and entered the basket after the buzzer had sounded.
Portland has not been in the second-round of the playoffs since 2000.