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Dame is confident he will become Blazers All-Time leading scorer

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The Blazers shot the lights out on Friday and ran the Warriors out of their own gym.

Portland picked up the 123-98 victory and multiple Blazers made a little history:

CJ McCollum became just the second player in NBA history to make 25 or more three in the first five games of the season.

Carmelo Anthony passed Tim Duncan for No.14 on the NBA's All-Time scoring list.

And Damian Lillard scored the 15,000th point of his NBA career.

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Lillard scored 34 points on the night, with a patented Lillard deep three putting him over the 15,000 mark.

Lillard, who has long been the franchise's No.2 all-time leading scorer, ended the night with 15,013 points.

He now sits just 3,027 points away from the franchise's all-time leader, Clyde Drexler.

Will Lillard pass Drexler? There is no doubt. 

When asked that same question postgame, Lillard nearly cut-off the reporter to end all debate.

I'm gonna pass him.

Damian Lillard on passing Clyde Drexler

"I dunno when, but I'm gonna pass him. I gotta continue to take care of myself and continue to work on my game and just be myself and stay healthy. It is a goal. I want to get to that point and even go past that."

Drexler played parts of 12 seasons with the Blazers, scoring 18,040 points and leaving Portland as arguably the greatest player in franchise history.

 

Lillard has long said he wants to be the greatest Blazer ever, but passing Drexler on the list isn't his focus. It is something he hopes to accomplish, but he knows as long as he channels his attention and energy in the right places - improving his game and being the best he can be - the accolades will continue to come his way.

"If I focus on continuing to improve and continuing to win and try to bring what I want to bring to this city and this organization, I know that is gonna come along with a lot of other things. I wouldn't say I focus on it but it's definitely something that I'm aware of and something that I want on my belt. I'll continue to be me and continue to work towards all the things that I want to accomplish as a Trail Blazer and it will come."

It really is a matter of when, not if, Lillard takes over the No.1 spot. So, when can we expect to see that happen?

Lillard is just over 3,000 points away. Over his time in Portland, he has averaged nearly 1,860 points per season. At that rate, we can expect Lillard to pass Drexler in the next few seasons.

Lillard is also currently averaging 25.2 points per game. That will put him right around the 1,800 mark in this 72 game season. At that clip, you can expect him to end the 2020-21 season in the neighborhood of 16,700 points, give or take.

If that were the case, Lillard could enter 2021-22 about 1,400 points shy of Drexler.

Should he stay healthy, we can expect to see Lillard break the record in the second half of next season.

This is also a good time to remind you that Lillard is under contract through the 2024-25 season. The point is, there is zero doubt he will pass Drexler. Now the only question is if he will put up a number that no other Blazers players will ever touch?

However many points he scores when it is all said and done, I hope it ends in a nice round number. It would only be fitting for Lillard's all-time Blazers record to end with "The Letter O."