“He looked like Steph Curry out there.” Said Warriors coach Steve Kerr about Damian Lillard, who scored 51 of the Blazers’ 137 points in a 32 point win for Portland.
I’ll speak for Dame Dolla and say “F*@# You Kerr.” What the Oakland native looked like on Friday night was a man who should have been on the All-Star team with Kerr and without debate; a man on a mission; a man putting up numbers this season that Derrick Rose put up during his MVP season.
“It’s a great feeling,” said Lillard. “Especially against the best team in the league. I haven’t scored 50 since ninth grade.”
The 50 was the first 50-point game by a Blazer since Andre Miller in 2010 and Dame pulled it off in just 31 minutes. He also became the first player in the NBA to rack up 50 points, 7 assists and 6 steals since the 1974 and the first to have 50 & 7 without a turnover since Reggie Miller in 1992. The 51 also ties him with fourth on the franchise list and his nine 3-pointers tied a franchise record and Warriors opposition record.
“Dame had it going early and had it going late,” Blazers coach Terry Stotts said. “At the end it was just ridiculous.”
As for Curry, he finished with 31 points on 12-of-23 shooting in just 26 minutes.