“He did it again,” is what Nicolas Batum said after Damian Lillard connected on a long, buzzer-beating, game-winning three that gave the Portland Trail Blazers a 119-116 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers at Quicken Loans Arena Tuesday night.

Kyrie Irving and Dion Waiters did a phenomenal job in the closing minutes of getting the Cavs (9-15) back into the game when it seemed Portland was going to walk away victorious. It was all tied at 116 with 7.1 seconds remaining on the clock.

Portland (22-4) inbounded the ball from the side out of a timeout and Lillard received the pass. Alonzo Gee, a tough rugged defender, had the assignment of checking Lillard. There was no pick coming. Lillard was all by himself as he dribbled the clock down before hitting Gee with a stutter-step that froze him for a split second.

The next thing you knew, Lillard had rose up for a three at the top of the key and it splashed in, leaving a mere .4 seconds left on the clock. It was his second game-winning shot in as many games and just like he did in Detroit, he immediately focused his attention on the crowd with a mean-mugging expression glued to his face with teammates draped all over him.

“I just want to see the reaction of the fans,” Lillard said. “That’s it. I want to see if they’re still into the game.”

Nothing to see here, people. Just another one of my clutch moments, was the vibe you got from Lillard’s demeanor after he nailed that three, his eighth of the game, that gave him a game-high 36 points to go along with a career-high eight rebounds and 10 assists.

“I said he looked like Gilbert Arenas,” LaMarcus Aldridge said after scoring 26 points, grabbing 15 boards and dishing out four assists. “I haven’t seen a guy take a shot like that and make it so easy since Gil. He definitely was big tonight. He carried us at times and he made a big shot for us tonight and we needed it.”

It could be Chris Paul, Tony Parker, Russell Westbrook or as in tonight, Kyrie Irving. If you don’t know by now, Damian Lillard isn’t going to play second fiddle to nobody. Much hoopla was made out of the point guard matchup between Lillard and Irving when in reality nothing changes.

Lillard’s goal every game is to get the win first and foremost, but in the process, he wants to make sure he is giving the other team’s point guard pure, unsaturated hell.

“I’ve never backed down from anybody,” he told CSNNW.com. “I’ve never backed down from my cousins or my brothers. And that’s just not basketball. That’s period. I never have and I’m not going to start now. When my team is on the floor, I want to be the best point guard that night.”

Lillard’s superstardom is soaring before our very eyes. When he finished his postgame media obligations, he picked up the phone and was instantly on Sports Center. That’s how hot this kid is right now after consecutive game-winning buckets.