Damian Lillard Scores Franchise-High 59 vs Jazz, Gives Game Ball To Utah’s Joe Johnson
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It took Damian Lillard two minutes before hitting his first shot against the Jazz on Saturday. He then scored 22 straight points and finished the opening quarter with 26 points — four more than the Utah Jazz and tying his own franchise record for points in a quarter. By the end of his 42 minutes of action, he had a career-high and franchise-high 59 points — breaking Damon “Mighty Mouse” Stoudamire’s 2005 record of 54.
With 23.1 seconds left in the 15-point victory, Lillard had a chance to get 61 points but missed his first two freebies.
“When I missed the second one and everybody was like, ‘Ohhh,’ I was like, ‘What happened?’ Then I made the last one and looked up, and I had 59,” Lillard said while shaking his head. “And I was like, it’s Noah’s fault.”
Noah Vonley’s math was off and supposedly was off by a point when he told Lillard how many points he had.
And since Lillard failed to match what Kobe Bryant did to the Jazz at the end of last season, Lillard’s teammates jokingly wouldn’t accept him in the huddle.
And if all this doesn’t make you a fan, the classy Lillard gave the game ball to Utah’s Joe Johnson since JJ joined the 20K point club during the game.