Damian Lillard erupts for 45 points, 11 3-pointers in win over Nuggets

Portland Trail Blazers' Damian Lillard (0) dribbles during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Houston Rockets Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Kevin C. Cox/Pool Photo via AP)Portland Trail Blazers' Damian Lillard (0) dribbles during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Houston Rockets Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Kevin C. Cox/Pool Photo via AP)
It was Dame time on Thursday. (Kevin C. Cox/Pool Photo via AP)
<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="With one 3-pointer on Thursday, Damian Lillard matched his own Portland Trail Blazers franchise record for 3-pointers in a season.» data-reactid=»23″>With one 3-pointer on Thursday, Damian Lillard matched his own Portland Trail Blazers franchise record for 3-pointers in a season.

Turns out he was only getting started.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Facing a shorthanded Denver Nuggets team, Lillard scored at will on his way to a 125-115 win. Lillard posted 45 points on 13-of-21 shooting with 12 assists, 4 rebounds and 3 steals. He was 11-for-18 from 3-point range, tying a career-high.» data-reactid=»25″>Facing a shorthanded Denver Nuggets team, Lillard scored at will on his way to a 125-115 win. Lillard posted 45 points on 13-of-21 shooting with 12 assists, 4 rebounds and 3 steals. He was 11-for-18 from 3-point range, tying a career-high.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="2018 second-round pick Gary Trent Jr. also chipped in 27 points off the bench while Jusuf Nurkic and C.J. McCollum reached double-digit scoring, but make no mistake. It was the Dame show:» data-reactid=»26″>2018 second-round pick Gary Trent Jr. also chipped in 27 points off the bench while Jusuf Nurkic and C.J. McCollum reached double-digit scoring, but make no mistake. It was the Dame show:

Lillard has now made 247 3-pointers for the season, furthering his dominance in the Blazers record books despite losing eight games to the coronavirus hiatus. Just take a gander at what the Blazers’ all-time leaderboard for a 3-pointers in a season looks like now:

  1. Damian Lillard (2018-19): 237

  2. Damian Lillard (2019-20): 236

  3. Damian Lillard (2015-16): 229

  4. Damian Lillard (2017-18): 227

  5. Damian Lillard (2013-14): 218

  6. Damian Lillard (2016-17): 214

  7. Wesley Matthews (2013-14): 201

Pretty good!

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Thursday’s win was enormous for the 32-38 Blazers, who currently sit in ninth place in the Western Conference standings. The team is now a half-game back from the eighth-place Memphis Grizzlies, who have landed with a thud in the bubble with an 0-4 start and just lost star Jaren Jackson Jr. Four other teams — the Phoenix Suns, San Antonio Spurs, Sacramento Kings and New Orleans Pelicans — lurk less than two games back from the Blazers.» data-reactid=»43″>Thursday’s win was enormous for the 32-38 Blazers, who currently sit in ninth place in the Western Conference standings. The team is now a half-game back from the eighth-place Memphis Grizzlies, who have landed with a thud in the bubble with an 0-4 start and just lost star Jaren Jackson Jr. Four other teams — the Phoenix Suns, San Antonio Spurs, Sacramento Kings and New Orleans Pelicans — lurk less than two games back from the Blazers.

Lillard’s eruption gave the Blazers some much-needed breathing room from the pack. We’ll see how much further he’ll take the team as the NBA play-in series looms.

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