On an individual level, Damian Lillard had a pretty nice outing against the Golden State Warriors on Sunday night.
By the end of Portland’s loss, Lillard’s night was rather mundane — on a micro-level –compared to what we usually see out of him. He finished the game with 19 points on 6-of-14 shooting and eight assists, and the Trail Blazers got buried by Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson, who combined for 60 of Golden State’s 113 points.
Fortunately, it wasn’t a blowout loss, and the Blazers put up 111 points on the Stephen Curry-less Warriors.
Lillard, however, posted a solid enough stat line to become the tenth player to record at least 8,000 points and 2,000 assists over the first five seasons of their career. As of Monday, Dame has laced up for 365 games, including 44 this season. The only two players to reach those numbers in fewer games were Tiny Archibald (355) and Michael Jordan (345).
Joining this list is a testament to his durability as much as it his talent. Since coming into the league in 2012, Lillard has played in all but 12 possible regular season games; over the course of his first three years, he didn’t miss a single contest. Lillard’s had the green light since his rookie year, and he’s been the driving force behind Portland’s offense ever since.
He walked away with the Rookie of the Year in 2012-13 after averaging 19 points 6.5 assists, and he’s continued to improve with each coming campaign.
This year, Lillard’s averaging a career-best 26.2 points on 44.3 percent shooting, and he’s also a tick under 5.9 assists a night — not too shabby considering how Portland is an average team at creating assists.
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