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Damian Lillard scores 30 points in 27 minutes leading Blazers to win over Lakers

Damian Lillard appeared to already be in regular season-form as he led the visiting Portland Trail Blazers to a win against the Los Angeles Lakers on Tuesday night in their preseason matchup.

The two-time All-Star erupted for a game-high 30 points, on 10-of-17 shooting, including 6-of-9 from three-point distance. In only three quarters.

The 2013 Rookie of the Year sat out the whole fourth quarter but still saw his team’s reserves pull off a 109-106 win in overtime.

Last season, the Trail Blazers had a very successful run by making it to the second round of the playoffs despite losing four of their five starters from the previous year. Lillard emerged as the team’s undisputed leader and No. 1 option and did not disappoint by averaging 26.5 points, 4.3 rebounds and 6.3 assists in 39.7 minutes per game.

If Tuesday night’s performance is any indication of what’s in store for the 26-year-old this season, it won’t be surprising at all if he can surpass his production from last year.

With key pieces added to the their roster this summer and a more experienced core, the Blazers are geared for more success and a deeper playoff run this coming season.

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