PORTLAND, Ore. — Dame Lillard's farewell gift to his OKC friends will forever remain in our hearts, and the Pacific Northwest athlete diaspora made its presence felt across the country and around the world this year.
Here's a look at the local sports stories you loved in 2019.
Damian Lillard called it the best night of his career.
He scored a franchise-record 50 points as the Trail Blazers beat the Oklahoma City Thunder in Game 5, sending Portland to the second round of the 2019 NBA Playoffs.
But all that really mattered that night was the final shot. A buzzer beater. For the win. FROM 37 FEET! And he waved goodbye to the Thunder.
Dame Lillard became "Logo Lillard," and Blazers fans shared a moment they'll never forget. And then a photo of a stone-faced Lillard took on a life of its own.
Alas, Portland didn't make it to the NBA Finals, but Blazers fans shared a moment they'll never forget.
- Believe in the Blazers. At least that's what my video game told me
- ‘What is he doing? OHHHH!!!’: Blazers share video of fans losing their minds after Lillard’s shot
- 'That shot gave me goosebumps': Fans stunned by Lillard's buzzer-beater
- 'I got lucky': Photographer’s shot of stone-faced Damian Lillard goes viral
- Watch Damian Lillard's game-winning shot to beat Oklahoma City
With the Rams and Patriots facing off in Super Bowl LIII, it wouldn't seem like there was much for Pacific Northwesterners to get too excited about. Until we looked deeper and realized that 12 players suiting up for the game went to Oregon and Washington schools.
Two of the Rams players came from Portland high schools: Ndamukong Suh played at Grant and Samson Ebukam played at David Douglas. Patriots punter Ryan Allen played at West Salem. And the other nine players were evenly split between Oregon, Oregon State and Washington.
Another faraway game with a lot of local ties: The Women's World Cup in Lyons, France this summer.
The U.S. won its 2nd World Cup title in a row, with soccer star Megan Rapinoe taking home the Golden Ball as top player and the Golden Boot as top scorer.
Her team won while simultaneously making a strong statement for gender equity.
Four Portland Thorns also made the roster for the U.S. team: midfielders Tobin Heath and Lindsey Horan, defender Emily Sonnett and goalkeeper Adrianna Franch.
And Portland lived up to its nickname of Soccer City USA as locals headed out to bars, restaurants, and even into the trees to watch the Women’s World Cup final.
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