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Blazers’ Damian Lillard is second in team history with 30-point, 15-assist night

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Thanks in large part to the offensive production of Damian Lillard, the Portland Trail Blazers walked away from Monday night’s game against the Indiana Pacers with a 106-98 victory. As part of the win, Lillard became just the second player in Blazers history to record 30 points and 15 assists in a single outing.

The great Clyde Drexler was the last player to achieve this feat for Portland (Mar. 14, 1986):

Lillard had his shot going early on Monday night. In fact, he had 18 points and eight assists by halftime. All in all, he logged 40 minutes, scoring 30 points on 9-of-16 shooting from the field (4-of-9 from beyond the arc), 15 assists, two rebounds, three steals and one block. It was his ninth double-double of the season:

With CJ McCollum sidelined due to a left knee injury, Lillard knew he had to step his game up a bit more:

“I guess being a little more hands-on and managing what’s going on out there, just knowing that a guy who averages 22 points isn’t on the floor,” Lillard told ESPN, referring to McCollum. “It doesn’t mean I have to score more points, or dominate the ball, but just making sure that I’ve got control over what’s happening out there a little bit more.”

When asked what this accomplishment means to him, Lillard gave a humble reply:

“It’s always an honor to be in elite company,” Lillard said during his postgame interview. “I always talk about wanting to go down as the best Blazer to play. Doing those things are a part of it. I’m just happy I was about to do those things in a win.”

Lillard and the Blazers (43-27 and fourth in the Western Conference standings) will be back in action on Wednesday night, when they’ll welcome the Dallas Mavericks to town. Tip-off inside the Moda Center is set for 10:00 p.m. ET.