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Blazers’ Damian Lillard Drops 34 Points in First Half

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Damian Lillard surpassed Terry Porter for the Blazers’ franchise playoffs record for points in one half with a 34-point outburst against the Thunder.

NBA: Playoffs-Oklahoma City Thunder at Portland Trail Blazers Jaime Valdez-USA TODAY Sports

The Trail Blazers relied on Damian Lillard’s hot hand in the opening half of a pivotal Game 5 against the Thunder, Portland’s star point guard recorded 34 points to give his squad a one-point advantage at halftime. Outside of helping the Blazers claim the lead, Lillard surpassed Terry Porter’s franchise record for points scored in a single half of postseason competition.

Lillard connected on six of his nine three-point attempts, which included this gorgeous conversion in the second quarter:

Porter’s previous record of 27 points was set back in the 1990 NBA Playoffs in a series against the San Antonio Spurs.

The Blazers can advance to the second round of the Western Conference Playoffs with a win over the Thunder in Game 5. Stay tuned for more coverage on tonight’s action.