In his first game since being snubbed an as All-Star, Damian Lillard reminded everyone why he should’ve been in Toronto last Sunday. The Blazers faced off against the juggernaut Golden State Warriors on Friday and Lillard had himself a career night. He made it known why he’s a top-5 point guard in the West, and, arguably, in the NBA.
In what was a shellacking of the reigning NBA champs, the surprise Blazers hung 137 points on Golden State. Of those 137, Lillard accounted for 51, becoming the sixth player in franchise history to do so; the last player before Lillard was Andre Miller back in 2010. He added in seven assists and six steals in an incredibly entertaining performance.
It was the first time since 1983-84 that a player had 50p/7a/6s in a game, and the first time since Reggie Miller in 1992 that a player had 50 points and seven assists with no turnovers.
There’s no question Damian Lillard is on pace to become the best player in Trailblazer history. With his performance last night, he now has 5 games of 40+ points with Portland, placing him third in franchise history behind Geoff Petrie and Clyde Drexler.
With this victory, the Blazers are over .500 (28-27) for the first time since November 8. They look to remain in the playoff picture and could possibly play spoiler down the stretch and into the postseason.
The Warriors fall to 48-5, tying the 1995-96 Bulls for the best start through 53 games.
Oddly enough, three of the Warriors’ five losses this season have come when Steph Curry scores more than 30 points, as he scored 31 Friday.
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*Photo Credit: USATSI*