Damian Lillard scored a career-high 51 points, along with 7 assists, 6 steals and no turnovers as he led the Portland Trailblazers to a dominant 137-105 win, over the defending champions Golden State Warriors.
“It’s a great feeling, especially against the best team in the league. I haven’t scored 50 since ninth grade.” Lillard said. Golden State’s head coach Steve Kerr was humble as he showed admiration for Lillard’s performance stating “He was phenomenal, he looked like Steph Curry out there.”
Stephen Curry also put in an outstanding effort scoring 31 points and recording 5 assists, whilst Draymond Green added 14 points, 12 rebounds and 8 assists. Golden State’s 11 game win streak was over, and the lethargic looking Warriors had their best regular season record on the ropes.
The Blazers 137 point total was the most any opponent had put up against the Warriors this season. The 32 point deficit was the biggest win margin by any team this season against the defending champs.”We weren’t as focused as we should be” said Klay Thompson.
Along with an offensive onslaught by Lillard, the Blazers managed to put in a big defensive effort forcing Golden State to commit 20 turnovers, 13 of them came just in the third quarter. Also, Lillard became the first player in NBA history to have at least 50 points, seven assists and six steals since the steal became an official statistic in 1973-74.