Last week it was Nik Stauskas knocking down a big shot to close the quarter, this week it's Trey Lyles.
The best Canadian moment from the seventh week of NBA action this season came in the final seconds of the third quarter in a highly-contested meeting between the Denver Nuggets and Portland Trail Blazers.
With 3.6 seconds remaining in the third, the 6-foot-10 Lyles (Saskatoon, Sask.) took the inbound pass, pushed the ball into the front court and pulled up for a 30-footer which he sank as time expired.
THAT'S HOW YOU ANSWER pic.twitter.com/0MxNi2d8IJ- Denver Nuggets (@nuggets) December 1, 2018
Lyles' 3-pointer was an immediate response to a 3-pointer from Blazers guard Damian Lillard, who momentarily cut the deficit to three points with his jumper on the previous posession. While Lillard's trey capped off an 8-1 run from Portland and electrified the Moda Center, Lyles' jumper pushed the Nuggets lead back out to six points and subdued the rowdy crowd.
Denver would go on to win by just one point, meaning every shot from the night was crucial. Lyles finished the night with eight points in 13 minutes of action, knocking down two of his four 3-point attempts. The 23-year-old is averaging 10.5 points and 4.6 rebounds for the Nuggets, who boast the Western Conference's top record through 22 games.
Winners of five straight, the Nuggets are back in action four times this week, as they visit the Raptors, Magic, Hornets and Hawks as part of an Eastern Conference road trip.
|Week 1||Kelly Olynyk's first-ever game winner||WATCH|
|Week 2||Jamal Murray dunks over the Lakers||WATCH|
|Week 3||Shai Gilgeous-Alexander gets fancy on the break||WATCH|
|Week 4||Dwight Powell's alley-oop finish||WATCH|
|Week 5||Andrew Wiggins elevates through contact||WATCH|
|Week 6||Nik Stauskas beats the buzzer from 40 feet out||WATCH|