Lillard dug deep for a bit more, going on a personal 7-0 run to cut the lead back to three, but there was only so much one man could do. On the next possession, Kyrie Irving was able to hit a tough fadeaway jumper over Anfernee Simons to push the advantage back to five with 17.8 seconds to play. All that was left was Lillard making a three-pointer at the buzzer to set a new career and franchise bests in the losing effort. “I think we’re in position to win games and we’re in position in the third quarter, in the fourth quarter and you’ve got to be present mentally and physically,” said Lillard. “You’ve got to be willing to do a little bit more than the other team to win games.
I think we compete, I think we are together, I think we’re trying to do all the right things, but that little bit of wanting it more than the other team and wanting it more doesn’t mean playing harder. It means being able to be sharp one more possession, being able to do your job when you’re tired and when you’re wearing down, being able to count on the next guy to do his job and trust him to do that so you do your job right.”