Portland Trail Blazers star guard Damian Lillard didn't want to get to high on huge Los Angeles Lakers win as he insists it's "only one game." The eighth-seeded Trail Blazers pulled off an upset in Game 1 of their first round playoff series as they beat the first-seeded Lakers 100-93.
Lillard, who was named the NBA Seeding Games MVP, scored 34 points and had five rebounds and five assists to lead the Trail Blazers past the Lakers. "Every game since we've been here has been a playoff game. So that prepared us for a game like this," Lillard said.
"It's only one win. I'm happy to be here competing in the playoffs again, but we've got to move on to the next one." Three-time NBA champion LeBron James scored 23 points, grabbed 17 rebounds and dished out 16 assists but that wasn't enough for the Lakers.
"We had a couple of breakdowns, which you can't have down the stretch, especially against a team like Portland," James said.
Trail Blazers coach Terry Stotts not surprised by Lillard's performance
Lillard has been absolutely phenomenal throughout the NBA season and Trail Blazers coach Stotts wasn't surprised seeing the guard torch the Lakers.
"There's not a lot that he hasn't seen or that we haven't seen," Stotts said. Meanwhile, Miami Heat forward Jimmy Butler led his past the Indiana Pacers in Game 1 as he scored a game-high 28 points to help his team win 113-101.
Butler fired two threes late in the fourth quarter and made both of them to close out the game. "I yell at him all the time to shoot the ball," Heat center Bam Adebayo said of Butler, who hadn't made a 3-pointer since March 2.
"Tonight it just clicked where he listened to me and he made some big 3s." Butler firing a three-pointer late in the fourth quarter left everyone surprised but the ball hit nothing but the net. "I mean, I take what the game gives me the majority of the time," Butler said.
"Sometimes I'm forced into taking some bad shots, but in the end my teammates, my coaches was like `Don't lose this game, win it for us' and that's what I was thinking. Make the right play and those two possessions it was a pull-up 3."
Indiana Pacers coach Nate McMillan wasn't too thrilled with his team's performance. "I thought tonight we just didn't play a 48-minute game," coach McMillan said.