Damian Lillard hit a 37-footer at the buzzer and finished with career playoff-high 50 points as the Portland Trail Blazers eliminated the visiting Oklahoma City Thunder from the playoffs in five games with a 118-115 victory on Tuesday night.
With the score tied, Lillard dribbled just inside of half-court near the Blazers logo and then pulled up and hit the game-winner.
Lillard waved goodbye to the Thunder bench after making the shot. His 10 three-pointers broke the franchise record.
Portland advanced to the Western Conference second round to face the winner of the series between Denver and San Antonio.
It was the 12th consecutive road playoff loss for the Thunder. Oklahoma City had been eliminated in the opening round for three consecutive seasons.
Russell Westbrook had 29 points, 11 rebounds and 14 assists for his 10th career playoff triple-double and his second of the series. Paul George added 36 points.
Lillard had 34 points in the first half — more than Westbrook and George had combined (32) — but the Blazers had just a 61-60 edge.
Denver 108, San Antonio 90: Jamal Murray's 23 points led six Denver players in double figures as the Nuggets routed the visiting Spurs to take a 3-2 lead in their playoff series.
All-Star Nikola Jokic had 16 points, 11 rebounds and eight assists for Denver.
"Their chemistry is almost romantic," Nuggets coach Michael Malone said. "They care about each other, they love each other. They play for each other. That's when we're at our best."
Toronto 115, Orlando 96: The Raptors turned in another dominant defensive effort, extending their playoff winning streak to a team-record four and clinching a berth in the second round.
Kawhi Leonard scored 27 points, Pascal Siakam added 24 and the Raptors routed the winning Magic, winning their first-round Eastern Conference playoff series in five games. They bounced back from a Game 1 defeat to win by double digits in three of the next four.
"We kind of figured it out and made a good adjustment after Game 1," said Toronto's Kyle Lowry, who had 14 points. "We were a little bit too soft in coverages and we figured it out really quickly, what we wanted to do, how we needed to help each other and how we needed to play."
Toronto will face Philadelphia in the second round.
Philadelphia 122, Brooklyn 100: Joel Embiid showed no mercy. He buried a three-pointer that gave the host 76ers a 24-point lead and waved his arms, exhorting the crowd to get louder. Philadelphia flexed its offensive muscle from the opening tip to beat the Nets and close out their playoff series in five games.
And the All-Star center believes the good times have only started. "We think we can win it all," said Embiid, who had 23 points and 13 rebounds.
The Sixers stunned the Nets with an early 14-0 run.
Embiid had six points and five rebounds in the first two minutes. The Nets fell behind 20-2, and 32-12 at the end of the opening quarter.
"They did whatever they wanted before we could even get on the board," Nets guard D'Angelo Russell said.