Here’s some breaking news for you. Damian Lillard is good. Good enough to be an All-Star. Good enough that we should stop saying he’s good enough to be an All-Star and start saying which All-Star guard is he not playing better than this season.
For the season, he’s putting up numbers that looks like Derrick Rose’s MVP season numbers. And after dropping 34 against the Nets on Tuesday, he became the first player this season and first Blazer since Geoff Petrie in 1970/71 to score 30+ in 5 straight games. He also moved past Zach Randolph for 14th on the franchise’s scoring chart.
His Portland partner in crime, Most Improved Player candidate C.J. McCollum, also scored 34 on Tuesday.
“No question they carried us,” Portland coach Terry Stotts said. “Sixty-eight points from your backcourt, that goes a long way.”
It was the first time since George Gervin and James Silas in 1980, that a backcourt starting duo scored 30+ in back-to-back games; first time since Petrie and Sidney Wicks in 1973, that Blazers teammates did it.