Damian Lillard led the Portland Trail Blazers to victory against the Utah Jazz (134-124) with an incredible performance, scoring 60 points on Thursday morning. The California point guard reached these scoring figures for the fourth time in his career, tying him with Michael Jordan, James Harden and Elgin Baylor, who also had four NBA games totaling 60 points or more. With his new mark, Lillard is 2 games behind Kobe Bryant (6), but well ahead of legend Wilt Chamberlain, who reached that number 32 times.
“I think every time you score 60 it’s special, but in this game I think it was too easy. I think I played like I should have. I knew We needed to win, so I went out with the mindset to attack and be aggressive, but it wasn’t like my hands were hot. It wasn’t one of those games,” Lillard declared after the match.
Lillard also had seven rebounds and eight assists in the game against the Jazz. It was a night of new records for the six-time All-Star in a competition like the NBA, where statistics and statistics from all elements of the game accumulate. According to ESPN statistics, Lillard became the first player in American League history to record at least five rebounds, five assists and five 3-pointers in three career 60-point games.
In addition, in his performance against the Jazz, Lillard made nine 3-pointers and surpassed Vince Carter as the sixth player with the most 3-pointers in NBA history with 2,290. The point guard has 380 points in his last 10 games, his best since scoring 415 points from January 20 to February 9, 2020. The Blazers have had a poor start to the year with 23 wins and 25 losses, although they add two consecutive wins and are tied with the Thunder in the Western Conference.
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