Trail Blazers

Lillard close to matching Michael Jordan in this impressive statistical category

Trail Blazers

On Wednesday night, the Portland Trail Blazers earned their 29th win over the season in a come-from-behind 14-point win over the Detroit Pistons.

Per usual, Damian Lillard was a big part of that victory. Lillard broke out of a mini-slump against Detroit and scored 33 points in the victory. He also dished out 10 assists to rack up his second double-double in as many games.

And by posting a 33-point, 10-assist stat line, Lillard drew one step closer to tying Michael Jordan in an impressive statistical category.

According to the Basketball Reference Twitter account, Lillard put forth his 37th career game with 30+ points and 10+ assists. That puts him one behind Jordan for the 13th-most all time, and it ranks Lillard the fifth-most among active players.

Here's a look at the top 15 players in 30/10 games in the NBA's history, courtesy of Basketball Reference.

Rank Player Position 30/10 Games
1 Oscar Robertson G 224
2 James Harden G 92
3 LeBron James F 89
4 Russell Westbrook G 79
5 Tiny Archibald G 68
6 Jerry West G 68
7 Magic Johnson G 58
8 Allen Iverson G 47
9 Isiah Thomas G 45
10 Chris Paul G 40
11 Dwyane Wade G 40
12 Kevin Johnson G 39
13 Michael Jordan G 38
14 Damian Lillard G 37
15 Larry Bird F 35

That's certainly some impressive company for Lillard to be keeping. It seems likely that he will eventually be able to make his way into the top 10 at some point, and he may even have a shot to reach 40 of these games this season.

It won't be easy, but with a player that can score at will like Lillard, anything is possible.

This stat just continues to prove that Lillard is among the best point guards -- and players -- in today's NBA. He's a great passer and an elite scorer, and he really is the reason why Portland has been so good this year even despite dealing with countless injury issues.