Damian Lillard has passed another NBA legend on a leaderboard.
With his third three-pointer against the San Antonio Spurs, Damian Lillard has passed Kobe Bryant to hold sole possession of the 17th most three-point field goals in NBA history with 1,828 makes.
Lillard is fifth among active players trialing only Stephen Curry (2,545), James Harden (2,352), LeBron James (1,909) and J.J. Reddick (1,905). The current all-time leader is Ray Allen with 2,973 but Curry will break that in the next two seasons, likely.
For Dame, passing Kobe on any leaderboard will be extra special. Earlier this month, Lillard spoke about how he still thinks about Kobe's tragic death and voices his disbelief it happened so soon.
“I see pictures of Kobe now and it’s just a downer,” Lillard told the Undefeated earlier this month. “You can’t believe that he’s actually gone, and time has gone so fast. I can’t believe it’s already a year, and I still struggle with the fact that it’s a real thing. It’s kind of like around the time when Tupac passed, and people, for a long time, were like, ‘That’s not real.’ People didn’t believe it. That’s how, when I see a picture of [Bryant], I’m like, ‘Man, this can’t be real. That didn’t happen to Kobe.”
Kobe was one of the first in the NBA to see how good Dame could be. In one of the last games before Bryant tore his Achilles tendon in 2013, he and Lillard dueled which ended with the Lakers victorious after Bryant scored 47 points after playing all 48 minutes.
Lillard put up a good fight, especially for a rookie, with 38 points as well as guarding Bryant on the other end.
After the game, Bryant had nothing but praise for the soon-to-be All-Star.