Portland Trail Blazers star guard Damian Lillard hit two three pointers inside the last nine of the game against the Chicago Bulls to help his team claim a win on Saturday night. Down five points to the Bulls with less than nine seconds to play, Lillard hit a three-pointer to reduce the deficit to two points.
The Trail Blazers then tied up Zach LaVine and won the ball -- which ended in Lillard's hands -- who proceeded to hit a three-pointer for a "This one is special because in these situations where we're down five, I think, with 11 seconds left, those are the moments where the winning team thinks they've got the game pretty much wrapped up," said Lillard, who scored 14 points in the fourth.
"And the opposing team is discouraged."
Gary Trent Jr. not surprised by Lillard's late-game heroics
Trent, who was selected in the second round of the 2018 NBA draft, has gotten well used to Lillard's heroics.
"The first time, I was shocked when I got here at first as a rookie, seeing it from day one, whether it was ending practice, ending games," Trent added. "But now at this point, it's what he does. Nobody is surprised in a sense.
He makes big-time shots. He's done this time after time after time, so at this point, I knew it was going in when he shot it." After the game, Lillard credited his family for helping him pushing through adversity in critical moments.
"It started in my own family. That's the crazy thing, and I think that's why I always reference my upbringing and the kind of family that I come from because of just the challenge and how competitive it is in my own family," Lillard said.
"It can be something like a spelling bee. It can be anything. We compete to the death and it don't matter. You're held to a certain standard in my family where it's just like you're going to be built for the low moments, you're going to be built to handle the high moments properly.
"Your skin is gonna be tough," he added. "You're gonna be prepared to rise, and you're gonna be prepared to deal with failure. But, you learn to keep moving forward regardless of what the outcome is."
Meanwhile, Trail Blazers head coach Terry Stotts said of Lillard: ""It's innate. It's God-given, He's born with it, and you can't teach it."