After taking a game-winning charge instead of a game-winning shot Saturday night against the Atlanta Hawks, Trail Blazers All-Star Damian Lillard said that a game-winner is still a "more exciting" way to finish a close game.
But stepping up in front of Trae Young to help his team secure the win over the Hawks on Saturday was just what the Blazers needed especially with CJ McCollum missing the second half with a left foot sprain.
Now the NBA is recognizing Lillard for his performances last week.
The Trail Blazers starting point guard has been named the NBA Western Conference Player of the Week for the week ending Jan. 17, it was announced by the league Monday afternoon.
This is the first time this season and the 10th time in his career that Lillard has won the weekly honor.
Lillard put up stellar numbers in the Trail Blazers four games last week in which Portland went 3-1.
He averaged 30.3 points on 46.2 percent shooting and 39.5 percent from three to go along with 7.3 assists, 5.3 rebounds, and 1.3 steals.
Lillard has scored the most 30-point games this season in the league.
Following Saturday’s win, Trail Blazers head coach Terry Stotts discussed how Lillard’s defense has improved over the years.
Without McCollum, and Jusuf Nurkic out with a fractured right wrist, the Trail Blazers are going to lean on Lillard even more on both ends.
For the season, Lillard is averaging 27.6 points, 4.8 rebounds, 6.8 assists, and 1.0 steals. He ranks fifth among the NBA’s leaders in scoring.