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When does Dame Time start? Here's when Damian Lillard flips the switch

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Dame Time: A history of Lillard's late-game heroics (2:28)

Take a look back at how Damian Lillard has been able to take over games in clutch time. (2:28)

The NBA's most feared time has no set beginning, but it usually ends with a Portland Trail Blazers victory.

"Dame Time" is when mild-mannered Blazers All-Star Damian Lillard transforms into a cold-blooded destroyer of opposing defenses, and it's a big reason Portland was able to rest at home last week instead of needing to reach the playoffs through the NBA's play-in tournament.

Early in a playoff run that Lillard hopes will include more highlights like his series-winning 3-pointers against the Houston Rockets in 2014 and the Oklahoma City Thunder in 2019, it's worth taking a closer look at when Dame Time typically kicks in and just how good Lillard has been in clutch situations this season.


When Dame Time strikes