What is the record for most threes in a playoff game? Damian Lillard sets historic record against the Nuggets

Joshua Rogers June 2, 2021
What is the record for most threes in a playoff game? Damian Lillard sets historic record against the Nuggets
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What is the record for most threes in a playoff game? Damian Lillard sets historic record against the Nuggets in Game 5 of the first round playoff series, having an all-time great night from three point land. Here’s what happened.

Lillard sets record for most threes in a playoff game

Against the Nuggets in Game 5, Damian Lillard hit an NBA record 12 three-pointers, including two clutch game-tying threes.

The Blazers superstar finished with 55 points on 17-of-24 from the field in the 147-140 loss on the road to Denver. 

His historic showing broke Klay Thompson’s record for the most threes in a playoff game. He also became the first player in NBA history to score at least 50 points, 10 assists and 10 three-pointers in a regular season game or the playoffs, per ESPN Stats and Info

Damian Lillard is also the 4th player in NBA history to record a 50-point, 10-assist game in the postseason. He joins Russell Westbrook, Sleepy Floyd and Jerry West.

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Social media reacts to Lillard setting the record for most 3s in a playoff game

Twitter was in awe of Lillard’s performance in Game 5.

Here’s how they reacted to him setting the record for most 3s in a playoff game.

What is Damian Lillard’s highest scoring game?

Damian Lillard’s highest scoring game came against the Dallas Mavericks in 2020.

Lillard shot 17-of-32 from the field overall, 9-of-17 from 3-point range and 18-of-18 from the foul line, as the Blazers won 134-131.

He tied his career high with 61 points.

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Dame Time meaning explained

The closer to the buzzer the more dame time is accurate. It references Damian Lillard’s innate clutch gene and ability to make a shot when it most counts.

Late in the fourth quarter, with the game on the line, Damian Lillard consistently takes over and delivers.

Dame Time is when Lillard knows it’s his time to shine and stand up and make a big play for his team.

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When is Damian Lillard a free agent?

In 2019, the Portland Trail Blazers and point guard Damian Lillard agreed on a four-year, $196 million supermax contract extension.

The new extension will keep him connected to Portland through the 2024-25 NBA campaign.

Damian Lillard will therefore be a free agent in 2025.

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Joshua is a senior sports writer with over four years' experience in online writing. He graduated with a BA in Ancient History from The University of Manchester before receiving an MA in Sports Journalism from The University of Central Lancashire. He became a trending writer for a leading social publisher and later spent time covering the 2018 World Cup for The Mirror Online. He then moved to a social marketing agency where he acted as website editor. His specialties on The Focus include F1, tennis, NBA, NFL and combat sports.