Damian Lillard Outscores Lonzo Ball 32-0, Knocks Down Game-Winning Three!
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In one corner, we have Damian Lillard aka Dame DOLLA, the adidas-wearing rapper/baller some consider the most underrated point guard in the NBA.
In the other other corner, we have Lonzo Ball aka Zo, the BBB-wearing rapper/Big Baller some consider the most overrated point guard in the NBA.
On Thursday night they went at each other and it was like Ali vs Frazier in the “Thrilla in the Manila!” Actually, it was more like Mike Tyson vs Michael Spinks in 1988, when Iron Mike knocked out the undefeated Spinks in 90 seconds of the much hyped match (TRIVIA: Tyson had 8 fights that lasted less than a minute).
Lillard — the unanimous 2013 NBA Rookie of the Year — outscored the Lakers’ rookie 32-0 and knocked down a game-winning three after dancing like a butterfly with Brandon Ingram for a couple of seconds.
“I felt good. The ball was coming off my hands good all night, even the ones that I didn’t make. In those moments, you don’t think about what happened before. It’s a chance to rise to the occasion. You’re 0 for 0 in that moment,” Said Lillard, who walked around the court, tapping his arm after the game-winner to let the crowd know it was once again Dame Time. “I go back to my very first game-winner against New Orleans my rookie year. I had a terrible shooting game but I was able to block that out. All that mattered was that moment. No different tonight.”
Lillard’s final stat line was 32 points (8-18 fg, 2-6 3pt, 14-14 ft), 6 rebounds, 5 assists and 2 turnovers in 39 minutes. Ball’s disappointing boxscore had these numbers by his name: 0 points (0-2 fg, 0-1 3pt, 0-0 ft), 3 rebounds, 4 assists, 2 steals, 1 block (on Lillard) and 1 turnover. It was Ball’s first scoreless game in the NBA, college and probably high school.
After the loss (the Lakers 13th straight to the Blazers), Ball admitted he “definitely could have been more aggressive” and had some praise for Lillard.
“He is a great player. You saw the tough shot he made, he made tough shots all night. Very good without the ball, which I can add to my game because I really don’t play too much without the ball. Always good to go up against a great point guard like that.”