Trail Blazers vs. Rockets Game 6 Audio
Tonight's Calls Of The Game:Dame Starts With Solid Four
Start strong, finish strong. The Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard had no mercy in the opening minutes of Game 6 against the Rockets. As it will turn out, he set the tone for the evening and the best was yet to come.
Tonight's Calls Of The Game: Lillard Is On Fire
It's #LillardTime in Portland. This year's All-Star Damian Lillard scored a three-pointer at the end of the first quarter. As a result, he moved to the top of the box score with a total of 11 points at the buzzer. In addition, Lillard's 20 3-pointers (including 3 in the first quarter) lead all players during the 2014 NBA Playoffs. In a tight game, Portland trailed Houston 29-28 going into the second.
Tonight's Calls Of The Game: The Express L-Train
LaMarcus Aldridge is not an easy target to guard for the Rockets, which they had learned in the last few meetings. Tonight was no different. The L-Train was speeding up as the game progressed. In the first half, Aldridge scored 21 points (the most of all Trail Blazers players) and had six defensive rebounds.
Tonight's Calls Of The Game: First Half Highlights
As expected, Game 6 was another point-by-point exchange between the Trail Blazers and the Rockets. The teams were tied nine times and the lead changed hand 11 times! The veteran Aldridge recorded 21 points for Portland while James Harden contributed 24 for the visitors from Texas. Damian Lillard's 14 points (three 3-pointers) in the first half made history yet again. Adding to his book of achievements, tonight the Rookie Of The Year joined Ray Allen (1999-2000) as the only players with 15+ points and 2+ 3-pointers in each of his first six career playoff games. Walking off to the locker room, the Rockets led 58-56.
Tonight's Calls Of The Game: "Dame" Time!
With just 0.9 second remaining on the clock, the Rockets were two points ahead of the Trail Blazers. That's two points closer to tying the series at 3-3 and forcing Portland to fly to Houston for Game Seven. The crowd at the Moda Center roared and then exploded with joy. No one else but Damian Lillard ended Houston's dreams. In a perfect, smooth and confident style he displays, Lillard received the ball from Batum and scored the game-winning three at the buzzer. The Rockets froze. It was an unbelievable finish keeping the fans of both teams biting their nails. The Trail Blazers won the series 4-2 and clinched the Western Conference Semifinals for the first time since 2000! In only his second year in the NBA, Lillard started a new, long-awaited chapter for Rip City. The story continues next week in the second round.