The Trail Blazers trended in the right direction inside the NBA standings thanks to a heroic 61-point performance from Damian Lillard. Facing the makeshift Warriors with CJ McCollum on the sideline, the Blazers needed Lillard’s best to survive. The Oakland native connected on 11 three-pointers, a new franchise record, to force overtime and secure a win over Golden State.
After the game, Portland Tribune columnist Kerry Eggers spoke to Carmelo Anthony about Lillard’s big night. Melo, who added 14 points of his own, expressed gratitude over sharing the court with Dame in a big moment.
“We won, and it was in a game we had to have. It was a special night. I’m just glad I could be a part of that.”
Eggers also captured Lillard’s comments after the game. Unsurprisingly, Lillard mentioned the victory over his individual performance. He jokingly added that he wished that Monday’s outcome counted for more than just a single win.
“It’s one of the best of my career, one of my better performances in a game we needed to win. I’m excited about it. I’m happy about it, but I wish it counted for three wins instead of one.”
Coach Terry Stotts, who has been alongside Lillard for his entire tenure with the Blazers, was once again appreciative of the star guard’s never-quit mentality.
“He doesn’t quit. He never thinks he’s out of the game, never thinks we’re out of a season. He always thinks we have a chance to win. That’s what motivates him.”
Lillard’s memorable performance inspired a break from tradition, leading coach Stotts to award a game ball following the win.
The Blazers return to action on Thursday against the Mavericks.