Damian Lillard’s last-gasp three-pointer sends Trail Blazers into play-off second round

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Oklahoma City Thunder v Portland Trail Blazers - Game Five

A buzzer-beating three-pointer from Damian Lillard earned the Portland Trail Blazers a place in the second round of the NBA play-offs as his side clinched a narrow 118-115 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder.

The point guard amassed a play-off career-high 50 points but the night will no doubt be remembered for the last-gasp 37ft shot which sent his team into the Western Conference semi-finals.

Lillard’s heroics had the crowd on their feet as they chanted “MVP” and included 34 points in the first half and a total of 10 three-pointers.

In Toronto, the Raptors advanced to the Eastern Conference semi-finals with a 115-96 win over Orlando Magic.

Kawhi Leonard top-scored with 27 points and grabbed seven rebounds, while Pascal Siakam added 24 points and Kyle Lowry finished with 14.

The Raptors took the series 4-1, progressing to the second round of the play-offs for the fourth year in a row, where they will meet the Philadelphia 76ers.

The 76ers booked their place in the next round with a 122-100 win over the Brooklyn Nets, with Joel Embiid, Ben Simmons and Tobias Harris combining for a total of 48 points.

After going down 0-1 in the series opener, the Sixers went on a four-game winning streak to progress in game five.

And in the night’s other game, the Denver Nuggets beat the San Antonio Spurs 108-90 to move within one win of a series victory.

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