Dame responds to George's 'bad shot' remark
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Oklahoma City Thunder star Paul George criticized Damian Lillard's series-winning 3-pointer after Game 5, calling it "a bad shot."

With time running down in a tie game, the Portland Trail Blazers star pulled up from 37 feet and nailed the buzzer-beating dagger over George's outstretched arms. Lillard's heroics put the Blazers through to the second round for the first time since 2016, and George's opinion seemed irrelevant to the four-time All-Star.

"I didn't want to put it into the referee hands," Lillard told reporters, including ESPN's Royce Young. "Where if there was contact or maybe they get away with contact or I end up having to take a tougher shot because there was contact and they don't want to decide the game. So I was standing there looking at the rim and I was like, 'This is a comfortable range.'"

Lillard scored a playoff-career-high 50 points on 17-of-33 shooting from the field while making a franchise-record 10 shots from behind the arc.

Meanwhile, George produced his best performance of the series with 36 points on 14-of-20 shooting while adding nine boards and three assists. But his efforts went to waste as the Thunder were eliminated in the first round for the third consecutive season.

Dame responds to George's 'bad shot' remark
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