The MVP-Caliber Play of Damian Lillard


As of late, Portland Trail Blazers’ Damian Lillard has been on a tremendous run. On Friday night against the Los Angeles Lakers, on Kobe Bryant’s tribute night, Lillard scored 48 points, grabbed nine rebounds, and dished out 11 assists. In the third quarter, he exploded for 23 points and made 6-of-7 shots from deep.

The following night against the Utah Jazz, Lillard scored 51 points in a 124-107 win. He hit nine three-pointers in the game, and it was his third 50-point game in his last six games.

Over the last six games, Lillard has totaled the following:

  • Jan. 20 vs. Golden State: 61 points, 10 rebounds, 7 assists
  • Jan. 23 vs. Dallas: 47 points, 6 rebounds, 8 assists
  • Jan. 26 vs. Indiana: 50 points, 6 rebounds, 13 assists
  • Jan. 29 vs. Houston: 36 points, 10 rebounds, 11 assists
  • Jan. 31 vs. Lakers: 48 points, 9 rebounds, 10 assists
  • Feb. 1 vs. Utah: 51 points, 2 rebounds, 12 assist

During that stretch, Lillard is averaging 48.8 points, 7.2 rebounds, and 10.2 assists per game. While scoring at a high clip, he is still capable of involving his teammates.

Lillard is shooting 55% from the field in the six games and has made 49 three-point shots. According to Basketball Reference, Lillard broke the record for six or more three-pointers made in consecutive games with six.

His scoring streak is similar to the one of Kobe Bryant from the 2003 season. When Shaquille O’Neal was out of the lineup, Bryant totaled nine consecutive games with 40 or more points (46, 42, 51, 44, 40, 52, 40, 40, 41).

The Trail Blazers have won five of their last six games on Lillard’s streak to pull within 1.5 games of the eighth seed in the Western Conference. Portland plays Tuesday night against the Denver Nuggets; it will be interesting to see what Damian Lillard can do.

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