After putting together a 19 point, 6 assist first half Friday night against the, went full blown supernova in the second half- finishing with 51 points, 7 assists, and 6 steals. Lillard shot a very good 7-for-14 in the first half but managed to better that by going 11-for-14 in the second half to finish 18-for-28 from the field, 9-of-12 from 3-point range.
Damian had scored 30 points through 3 quarters.
The 4th quarter started and the race to 50 points was on. The crowd was already worked into a frenzy, after watching Lillard and the Blazers take the defending champion Warriors to the woodshed for a stern talking too in the first half. Then to watch in awe/horror as Lillard took the Warriors out back and bludgeoned them to death with an endless array of "OhMyGodDidHeJustDoThat!?!" 3-pointers. It was the ultimate "stop it's already dead!" type of moment- except it went on for nearly six minutes.
Then for good measure and to keep the defense off balance, an aggressive drive to the rim. After watching his teammate get roasted on essentially the same play earlier, Shaun Livingston instead opts to just not play defense here.
Resume face melting 3-pointers.
From the time Lillard checked in, 9:59 remaining in the game, until the minute he checked out, 4:41 remaining, Lillard scored 21 points on 7-for-8 shooting 6-for-6 from 3-point range.
While Lillard was absolutely fantastic on the offensive side of the court, it would be a shame not to mention how good he was on the defensive side of the court. He ended the game with a career high 6 steals, including a sequence that saw him go full blown Ronnie Lott, diving out to make an interception on an early pass that was trying to trigger the Warriors fast break. The Trail Blazers would fail to complete the fast break and the Warriors again attempted to get out on the break only to have Lillard undercut the pass and get back-to-back steals.
This game was easily the best and most complete of Lillard's career. A blistering 51 points from the field on a super efficient 18-for-28, 6 steals, and a blow out win of a historically great time tell all that needs to be told about Lillard's All-Star snubbing.
The Trail Blazers travel to Golden State to next play the Warriors on Friday, March 11th. Where they could potentially ruin the Warriors' NBA record home court winning streak.