Enjoy your Sunday evening with this instant classic and what Damian Lillard calls one of the best performances of his career.
It was less than three months ago when Lillard topped his own franchise scoring high with 61 points along with a career best 11 three-pointers in a home win over the Golden State Warriors.
The short-handed Trail Blazers defeated the Warriors 129-124 in overtime behind Lillard’s 61 points, 10 rebounds, and seven assists on the night.
"It's one of the best of my career," Lillard said postgame. "One of my better performances in a game we needed to win. “I think that's just what it is. We needed a win tonight. A great performance. I'm excited about it. I'm happy about it, but I wish it counted for three wins instead of one."
Lillard’s previous career high was 60 points that he set earlier in the season against Brooklyn, which broke the club record at the time.
With the rare feat, the 5x All-Star became the first player in NBA history with 60-plus points and 10-plus 3-pointers in a game, and just the sixth player with multiple 60-point games.
But, the 61 points almost didn’t happen.
After Hassan Whiteside nailed two clutch foul shots with 8.5 seconds left, Lillard, was tossed two more free throws in the final seconds.
The Trail Blazers point guard admitted after the game that he knew what his point total was when he went to the line.
"Yeah, I knew," he said. "I knew I had 59 after it was eight seconds left so I was like, it's probably going to sit at 59. Then the shot went up, I got the rebound, the guy bumped me and I was like, I'm going to fall down. They’re going to have to blow the whistle and I’m getting those two free throws."
This 61-point game from Lillard was smack dab in the middle of a tremendous scoring run for the 29-year-old. During an eight game span from Jan. 17 to Feb. 2, Lillard averaged 45.1 points, 9.6 assists, and 5.5 rebounds.
Starters for Blazers vs. Warriors Game on Jan. 20, 2020
HOW TO WATCH: Lillard’s 61-point performance
WHEN: Sunday, April 5 at 6:00pm
Channel: NBC Sports Northwest, Channel 737 (Portland), 617 (Seattle)
Stream the game here.
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NBC Sports Northwest is airing 12 Trail Blazers Classic Games over the next few weeks.
The full schedule can be found here.