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‘That was for Seattle’: Damian Lillard on his playoff dagger on OKC Thunder

Damian Lillard #0 of the Portland Trail Blazers handles the ball during the second half against the Golden State Warriors in game four of the NBA Western Conference Finals at Moda Center on May 20, 2019 in Portland, Oregon. (Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)

SEATTLE — Portland Trail Blazers star Damian Lillard said his game-winning shot that ended the Oklahoma City Thunder’s season “was for Seattle,” in an appearance on Sports Business Radio Podcast.

On April 23, Lillard knocked down a buzzer-beating trey in Game 5 that sealed the series for the Blazers and sent the Thunder home.

The Thunder, of course, replaced the Seattle SuperSonics when a string of disputes about the team’s arena led to the franchise moving in 2008.

The point guard has made a habit of clutch series winners after knocking out the Houston Rockets in similar fashion a few years ago, but this year’s dagger came at the expense of a team much-maligned by Seattleites.

Sonics fans have longed for an NBA return in Seattle, but commissioner Adam Silver says expansion plans won’t be on the docket anytime soon.

Meanwhile, the Thunder have completely shaken up its roster in the offseason, with former league MVP Russell Westbrook being traded to Houston and All Star Paul George heading to the Los Angeles Clippers.

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