Damian Lillard’s scoring outburst continues for Blazers as he puts up 50 vs. Pacers
In their 139-129 win over the Pacers, Lillard put up 50 points on 60.9 percent shooting from the field — going for 8-of-12 from deep and 14-of-16 from the free-throw line. Lillard also had six rebounds and 13 assists.
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In the previous game, a 133-125 loss to the Dallas Mavericks, Lillard dropped 47 points on 16-of-28 from the field and 8-of-15 from deep. The game before that, Lillard exploded for a career-high 61 points to lift the Blazers past the Golden State Warriors in overtime, 129-124.
The four-time All-Star has been powering the Blazers amid a tough 2019-20 campaign. From a perennial playoff team, the Terry Stotts-led basketball club has fallen off the radar.
As of this writing, they sport a 20-27 record for 10th in the competitive Western Conference. While there are a ton of games left to play, the Blazers are on the brink of missing the postseason for the first time in six seasons.
Last year was a particularly special playoff campaign for Portland as they made it all the way to the Western Conference Finals. Sadly, they got swept by the powerhouse Warriors squad.
Apart from Damian Lillard’s efforts, the Blazers have made several roster moves to bolster their chances of picking up victories. They picked up Carmelo Anthony in November to beef up their scoring. And recently, they acquired veteran forward Trevor Ariza to improved their defense and add experience.
The Blazers also got Wenyen Gabriel and Caleb Swanigan in exchange for Kent Bazemore, Anthony Tolliver and two future second-round picks.