Last Sunday, Damian Lillard, player of the Portland Trail Blazers, achieved one of the best performances in NBA history with a total of 71 points and 13 three-pointers in 39 minutes of play. This feat came in the game against the Houston Rockets, which ended in a 131-114 victory for the Blazers. Lillard, who also won the All-Star three-point contest last week, matched the mark of Donovan Mitchell, who scored the same amount of points this year in a game against the Chicago Bulls.
Lillard hit 22 of 38 shots in the game, going 13-of-22 on three-point shots, falling just one shy of matching Klay Thompson’s record. He also led the Blazers in the win, hitting three-pointers from all areas of the floor and also making spectacular penetrations. Lillard has now had five career games with 60 or more points, bettering his personal best of 61 points previously achieved against the Dallas Mavericks and Golden State Warriors in 2020.
Despite Lillard’s strong performance, the Blazers find themselves in 11th place in the West, battling for a playoff spot against the Minnesota Timberwolves. Lillard has made it clear that his goal is to continue to fight for the win in every game and give his best in the remaining 22 or 23 games of the season. With his performance in the game against the Rockets, Lillard has moved into eighth place on the list of the best personal performances in NBA history. Wilt Chamberlain remains the undisputed leader in this ranking, with an all-time high of 100 points.
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