Memory Lane: Double-OT Thrillers In The Playoffs? Yeah, We’ve Been There
The playoffs are they best time of the NBA season, period. Regardless of if your team is still doing battle or you’re a Trail Blazers fan waiting for another post-season run, it’s undoubtedly the time of year a host of “Do you remember that crazy games!?” get added to the books.
Last night’s double-overtime thriller in San Antonio is a prime example—one Warriors and Spurs fans won’t soon forget. Heck, I highly doubt anyone who watched that masterpiece will. Games like that make the wheels start turning and a trip down memory lane is inevitable.
So let’s hop in the way-back machine and check out the Trail Blazers’ double-OT performances in the playoffs. Both came in years Portland went all the way to the NBA Finals, 1990 and 1992.
May 15, 1990—Trail Blazers 138, Spurs 132 (Game 5)
Things of note: Kevin Duckworth was out for the first six games of this series with a fractured hand, weird cast too, seems a little short. Terry Porter makes it rain! His J is too sweet for words. Portland was up at the half by 19 points but those pastel color-schemed Spurs (I vote to bring that back, BTW) fought back and tied it at the buzzer with a long three-pointer. Six players fouled out, whoopsie. Terry Porter’s mustache! And finally, this quote: “If I had a tear, it woulda fell.” -Duck on getting a standing ovation during his game seven return.
May 11, 1992—Trail Blazers 153, Suns 151
Things of note: TP draining threes, AGAIN. “Dial it up!” Kevin Johnson, now mayor of Sacramento and valiant knight in shining armor for the Kings, had a monster night with 35 points including the bucket for the tie. Clyde Drexler had the line of the night for Portland, 27 points, 13 assists, 8 rebounds and 2 steals.
So cheers to free basketball then, now, and to come.