Watch Kevin Durant force overtime, Damian Lillard hit game winner there for Portland

Associated Press

What a game.

It was another unimpressive outing for Golden State, which shot 29.5 percent from three all night and was a dreadful 6-of-15 from the free throw line (40 percent). But with their backs against the wall down 10 late the fourth quarter, the Warriors went on a 16-6 run capped off by a Kevin Durant three to force overtime.

Portland fans winced — they have lost too many games like this over the years, ones where they thought they had a win wrapped up with a Christmas bow only to watch it get ripped open by someone else.

Not this time. On Wednesday night, Portland had Damian Lillard (on a play he almost botched but then hit the game-winner over Stephen Curry).

For a Portland team that had lost two-of-three, it needed that win. Lillard delivered in the clutch. Again.