Damian Lillard sets franchise record, gets first career triple-double
There seems to be nothing stopping Portland Trail Blazers star Damian Lillard lately. The premier point guard had himself another impressive scoring night, recording his first triple double, all while notching his six straight 30-point game, a Blazers record.
♦️ First career triple-double
♦️ 6th straight game with 30+ points, a Trail Blazers franchise record
Dame had himself a night ⌚️ pic.twitter.com/nWf7ccfsNa
— ESPN (@espn) January 30, 2020
Lillard led the Blazers against the fifth-seeded Houston Rockets, recording 36 points, 10 rebounds, and 11 assists. Dame, who has been known to take deep shots, also drained a long three-pointer from the logo with 18 seconds still remaining in the third period. A quarter later, fans at the Moda Center gave the four-time All-star a standing ovation after he got his final rebound with under a minute left to play.
Meanwhile, teammates C.J. McCollum and Trevor Ariza contributed with 22 and 21 points, respectively.
On the other hand, Rockets point guard Russell Westbrook continued his own streak of 20-point games, contributing an impressive 39 points, 10 rebounds, and 6 assists despite the loss. Fellow guard James Harden, however, has yet to find his groove even upon his return after a two-game absence. The former MVP made only five out of 18 field goal attempts, continuing a string of bad scoring performances.
With this win, the Blazers hope to continue winning towards playoff contention. They currently sit outside the postseason at the 10th spot, a loss behind the current ninth seed San Antonio Spurs, and three wins away from the Grizzlies, who have surprised everyone with a .500 record.