What a Sports Weekend in Portland

May 2, 2014; Portland, OR, USA; Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard (0) makes a three pointer at the buzzer over Houston Rockets forward Chandler Parsons (25) to win the game during the fourth quarter in game six of the first round of the 2014 NBA Playoffs at the Moda Center. Mandatory Credit: Craig Mitchelldyer-USA TODAY Sports (Craig Mitchelldyer/Craig Mitchelldyer-USA TODAY Sports)

Wow! What a weekend for sports (and sports photography!) in Portland last weekend. It all started on Friday night with game 6 of the NBA Playoffs between the Houston Rocket and Portland Trail Blazers. The entire series had already been one of the best in NBA history. 3 overtime games, each game decided by just a couple of points, each game coming down to the final seconds. Game 6 in Portland would not disappoint. Houston took the lead with .9 seconds to go in the game, and Damian Lillard hit a three pointer at the buzzer to win the series and send Portland to the second round for the first time in 14 years. The Moda Center center went absolutely nuts. It was amazing. Above is my photo of the final shot that ran in newspapers, magazines and websites all over the world.
May 2, 2014; Portland, OR, USA; Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard (0) shoots the game winning three pointer over Houston Rockets forward Chandler Parsons (25) in game six of the first round of the 2014 NBA Playoffs at the Moda Center. Mandatory Credit: Craig Mitchelldyer-USA TODAY Sports (Craig Mitchelldyer/Craig Mitchelldyer-USA TODAY Sports)

Here is the same moment, captured from my remote camera on the opposite side of the court. Afterwards, mayhem in sued and I rushed the court to try and make a photo of Lillard as they celebrated.

May 2, 2014; Portland, OR, USA; Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard (0) reacts after hitting the game winning shot against the Houston Rockets during the fourth quarter in game six of the first round of the 2014 NBA Playoffs at the Moda Center. Mandatory Credit: Craig Mitchelldyer-USA TODAY Sports (Craig Mitchelldyer/Craig Mitchelldyer-USA TODAY Sports)


May 2, 2014; Portland, OR, USA; Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard (0) reacts after hitting the game winning shot against the Houston Rockets during the fourth quarter in game six of the first round of the 2014 NBA Playoffs at the Moda Center. Mandatory Credit: Craig Mitchelldyer-USA TODAY Sports (Craig Mitchelldyer/Craig Mitchelldyer-USA TODAY Sports)

May 2, 2014; Portland, OR, USA; Blazer fans cheer during introductions in game six of the first round of the 2014 NBA Playoffs between the Portland Trail Blazers and Houston Rockets at the Moda Center. Mandatory Credit: Craig Mitchelldyer-USA TODAY Sports (Craig Mitchelldyer/Craig Mitchelldyer-USA TODAY Sports)

This image from the pre game is also one of my favorites. Just overall an amazing game to be at and to shoot. Then, as if that wasn’t enough, the very next night the Portland Timbers played DC United in the pouring rain at Providence Park. Gaston Fernandez scored 35 seconds in to the match.

May 3, 2014; Portland, OR, USA; Portland Timbers forward Gaston Fernandez (10) and midfielder Steve Zakuani (7) celebrate the first goal of the match during the first half at Providence Park. Photo: Craig Mitchelldyer-Portland Timbers (Craig Mitchelldyer)

The Timbers would score another first half goal, but going into stoppage time, the scored was tied at 2-2. There was 4 minutes of added time at the end of the game and at the 93:35 mark, Maximiliano Urruti scored at the buzzer to give the Timbers their first win on the season and more mayhem in the Rose City.

May 3, 2014; Portland, OR, USA; Portland Timbers midfielder Maximiliano Urruti (37) celebrates after scoring the game winning goal during the second half at Providence Park. Photo: Craig Mitchelldyer-Portland Timbers (Craig Mitchelldyer)
Two night, two sports, two venues, two buzzer beaters. You can not beat that! What a great weekend.

May 3, 2014; Portland, OR, USA; The Timbers hold up log slabs after the 3-2 win at Providence Park. Photo: Craig Mitchelldyer-Portland Timbers (Craig Mitchelldyer)

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2 Responses to “What a Sports Weekend in Portland”

  1. Joe Theissen Says:

    Craig –
    YES! Last weekend was an absolutely amazing time for lifelong Portlanders, and your coverage is absolutely next-best to being there! Thank you!

  2. Craig Mitchelldyer Says:

    Thanks Joe!

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