Last night Damian Lillard poured in a Portland Trailblazers’ franchise record 59 points in one single game in a win over the Utah Jazz. Lillard’s previous high was 51 points.
Considering the big names that have come through the Portland franchise, it’s a huge feat; Lillard outscored legends by a significant amount; including Clyde Drexler (50), Maurice Lucas (47) and Bill Walton (36) as well as Brandon Roy (52) and LaMarcus Aldridge (44). Here’s a list of notable Blazers and their career-highs for the franchise:
|Damian Lillard||59||Portland Trailblazers|
|Damon Stoudamire||54||Portland Trailblazers|
|Brandon Roy||52||Portland Trailblazers|
|Andre Miller||52||Portland Trailblazers|
|Geoff Petrie||51||Portland Trailblazers|
|Clyde Drexler||50||Portland Trailblazers|
|Darius Miles||47||Portland Trailblazers|
|Maurice Lucas||47||Portland Trailblazers|
|LaMarcus Aldridge||44||Portland Trailblazers|
|C.J. McCollum||43||Portland Trailblazers|
|Rasheed Wallace||42||Portland Trailblazers|
|Terry Porter||40||Portland Trailblazers|
|Mychal Thompson||38||Portland Trailblazers|
|Bill Walton||36||Portland Trailblazers|
|Arvydas Sabonis||33||Portland Trailblazers|
The win over the Jazz comes at a crucial time too as the Blazers are jockeying with the Denver Nuggets for the last playoff spot (and the pleasure of playing the Warriors in the first found). Lillard scored three more points than Damon “Mighty Mouse” Stoudamire’s 54 points back in the 2004-05 season and seven more points than Roy and Andre Miller’s 52 points (!)
Lillard Does Lillard
No matter if Lillard is snubbed for another all-star game, left off the U.S. Olympic Team, or any of the long list of being overlooked and disrespected, Lillard is a professional. He just keeps doing his thing on and off the court. He keeps showing up those that underestimate him. Over time, the critics have no choice but to look him directly in the eye.
For more on Lillard’s night and former scoring explosions from Blazers, check out this great Blazer’s Edge article.