Another great scoring show unfolded in the NBA. Damian Lillard exploded 71 points.
The Portland Trail Blazers won 스포츠토토131-114 in a home game against the Houston Rockets in the 2022-2023 NBA regular season held at the Moda Center on the 27th (Korean time).
Portland ace Damian Lillard made a splash with 71 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists (FG 22/38 3P 13/22 FT 14/14).
On this day, Lillard set new records. He became the eighth player in NBA history to score 70 or more points in a game. It is number 13 in number. Earlier this season, Cleveland’s Donovan Mitchell exploded 71 points against the Chicago Bulls on January 3rd. A record that would come out once in a few years came out twice in one season.
In addition, Lillard, who created an amazing stat line of 71 points, 6 rebounds, and 6 assists, became the 5th NBA player ever to record more than 70 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists.
That’s why Lillard’s performance was great. From the first half, the sense of scoring was unusual. He bombarded the Houston defense as soon as the game started, and as a result, he scored 41 points in the first and second quarters alone. With this, Lillard tied for second in the NBA’s all-time scoring list. (*Kobe Bryant – 42 points, Kyrie Irving, Damian Lillard – 41 points)
His sense of scoring continued in the second half. He scored 30 points in the second half alone with 9 free throws along with 5 free throws. Lillard scored 71 points in a total of 39 minutes that day. It was great scoring productivity.
In addition, there are so many records Lillard set that day that it is difficult to list them all. According to Statmuse, a recording media outlet, Lillard has five games with 60 or more points, including this game, ranking third after Wilt Chamberlain (32 games) and Kobe Bryant (6 games). Also, Lillard’s record of 60 points and 10 or more 3-pointers is the second time in NBA history. Coincidentally, the first record holder was also Lillard.