Damian Lillard sets Blazers record, becomes 6th player with multiple 60-point games
There’s not a lot of reasons to value the Portland Trail Blazers as a playoff threat, but Damian Lillard’s on-court performance against the Golden State Warriors was nothing short of fantastic. It was a masterful display of pure scoring that has become hard to come by.
Moreover, this outing of his puts him in an incredible group of people. ESPN Stats & Info reported that Dame Time is the sixth player with multiple 60-point games after posting 61 points, 10 rebounds, and seven assists in a narrow escape against the Dubs.
Damian Lillard is the 6th player in NBA history with multiple 60-point games.
They are the only two 60-point games in @trailblazers history.
His 61 points are a new franchise record. pic.twitter.com/HOpw8eGj34
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) January 21, 2020
Moreover, Marc J. Spears of ESPN noted that Damian Lillard joins some of the best point guards to score at least 50 points and make 11 three-point shots in one game. The names in the list will make you think if Lillard is already in the Hall of Fame conversation.
Lillard also joined Stephen Curry (3x), Klay Thompson (2x) and Kyrie Irving (1x) as the only players with 50 pts and 11 threes in a game. Dame’s 61 points are the most by any player with at least 11 threes.
— Marc J. Spears (@MarcJSpearsESPN) January 21, 2020
Damian Lillard is one of the only reasons why the Blazers are a great team to watch at the moment. He’s doing much of the heavy lifting while CJ McCollum and Carmelo Anthony are providing ample support with their scoring. Unfortunately for him, the rest of the Portland roster are yet to step up and help the Blazers win in the competitive landscape of the Western Conference.
Damian Lillard has put up incredible numbers in his quest to get to the playoffs. He’s averaging career-highs in points (27.1 ppg) and assists (7.6) through 42 games. He’s solely the man who’s keeping the Blazers from becoming the favorites to get the first overall pick of the 2020 Draft.
Of course, the season is still long, and the Blazers can still make trades to help the team. Until those changes happen, Blazers fans hope that Damian Lillard will be able to keep up this level of production for the remainder of the season. He will have to continue to carry Portland if the Blazers are to make the playoffs due to a strong second half.