Dame Time! Lillard goes off for record 61 points

Dame Time! Lillard goes off for record 61 points

It took a mere than 60 points, and an extra five minutes, but Damian Lillard secured the win for the Portland Trail Blazers on Monday night.

Lillard dropped a career-high 61 points while leading the Trail Blazers to a 129-124 overtime win against the Golden State Warriors at the Moda Center, setting several notable records in the process. Not only was Lillard’s 61 points a personal best and a franchise best, but it also set the NBA’s Martin Luther King Day scoring record — passing Kemba Walker’s 52-point mark from 2016. 

“You run out of adjectives to describe Damian,” Portland coach Terry Stotts said after the game, via AJ McCord of KOIN.

“He never quits, never thinks he’s out of a game, never thinks he’s out of a season.”

Lillard, after leading Portland out of a 12-point hole in the second half, tied the game up with a clutch step-back 3-pointer over Alec Burks with less than 15 seconds left, marking his 10th 3-pointer of the night.

The Warriors, though, opened the extra period on a 8-2 run to regain control of the game. Yet a quick 8-0 run of their own, which included a pair of 3-pointers from Lillard and Gary Trent Jr., gave Portland the lead once again with less than one minute to go. From there, the Blazers held on to grab the five-point win, which snapped a two-game win streak.

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