For the third time in his NBA career and first time this season, Portland Trail Blazers point guard Damian Lillard has won the Western Conference Player of the Week award, the league announced on Monday afternoon. The Trail Blazers notched a 3-1 record for the week ending on March 19—part of a larger 4-1 road trip—with visitor wins against the San Antonio Spurs, Atlanta Hawks, and Miami Heat. Lillard scored the game-high each night.
Lillard led the NBA in scoring with 35.3 points (55.1% FG, 59.4% 3-PT) to go with 3.3 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 1.00 steal last week. He was a perfect 36-for-36 from the free throw line, and his 49 points March 19 at Miami marked a season high, while his nine 3-pointers tied a franchise best. In a win at San Antonio during the second night of a back-to-back on March 15, Lillard paced all scorers with 36 points.
The Trail Blazers are on a war path toward the NBA playoffs, winning eight of their last 10 games. At 32-37, they sit one game back of the current 8-seed Denver Nuggets. Lillard’s exceptional play has been no small part of this tremendous team effort.