The Houston Rockets had no answer to Damian Lillard in the Portland Trail Blazers’ 131-114 win.
Lillard set franchise and career highs with 71 points and 13 3-pointers.
As per LeBron James’ tweet, Sunday night was simply Dame Time.
— LeBron James (@KingJames) February 27, 2023
Lillard is the eighth player with at least 70 points in a game in NBA history and joins Cleveland Cavaliers guard Donovan Mitchell for second this season, who also had 71 points.
Mitchell and his mother responded appropriately to Lillard’s big night.
My mom calls me and says @Dame_Lillard broke your record…you must be 72 now😂😂😂
— Donovan Mitchell (@spidadmitchell) February 27, 2023
At 32, Lillard is the oldest player in NBA history with a 70-point game. His six 50-point games since age 30 are the second-most in NBA history, behind only Wilt Chamberlain (seven).
The Blazers’ account pointed to Chamberlain, and NBA Twitter gave Lillard his flowers for scoring the eighth-highest point total in NBA history.
LEGENDARY. #RipCity pic.twitter.com/BaYNtlqSMK
— Portland Trail Blazers (@trailblazers) February 27, 2023
— Zach LaVine (@ZachLaVine) February 27, 2023
71 @Lady_Lillard ! A whole lot of 🪣’s
— Delon Wright (@delonwright) February 27, 2023
If I’m Dolla I’ll put out a new record tonight 😂😂 💪🏾💪🏾💪🏾💪🏾
— Lou Williams (@TeamLou23) February 27, 2023
— Josh Hart (@joshhart) February 27, 2023
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