Damian Lillard dusted off the pressure of another must win game as he strikes in over and over and over in what was an exciting game and a record breaking night.
The result was a 134-131 win over the Mavericks that put the Trail Blazes in the driver’s seat for the West’s No. 8 seed and the prime spot in the play-in game(s).
Damian Lillard has definitely played big games over the years, but he has shown himself to be getting better and not older as some might expect for the 30years old player. Apparently, his best games are still ahead.
“He’s showing a lot of resolve,” Coach Terry Stotts said. “Nobody wanted to come into this bubble and make the playoffs more than Dame. We’ve got one more game to go, but his leadership, obviously his game speaks for itself, but he’s bringing the team along with him.”
Stotts was asked how this one ranked among Lillard’s great performances.
Damian Lillard has gallantly registered himself among the history makers to become one of the only two players to register a 60point three times the same season, the second being Wilt Chamberlain .
“First of all, I’m happy to be in that type of company — that’s an honor,” Lillard said. “I’m also happy that two of the three came in a winning effort. Tonight couldn’t have been better timing for that type of effort.
“It’s a pleasure and an honor to be in the company of Wilt.”
Damian took a total of 32 shots, hitting 17 of them, 9 of which were from from the 3points area. Lillard also made all his 18 free throws.
Portland didn’t hit a shot from the field until 6:13 remained in the game and committed 13 fouls in the final quarter. For a while, the only way the Trail Blazers got defensive stops was by fouling — and that didn’t help because the Mavericks were making their free throws.
The night was a definite hoot, but the highlight however was Lillard repeated shots and the amazing record he has made by joining the 60’s club.