Regardless of the Trail Blazers’ 35-win regular season in 2019-20, Damian Lillard found a way to reach a new level of statistical output. In 66 regular season outings, Lillard posted career-best averages of 30.0 points and 8.0 assists per game. Outside of his steady night-to-night production, the former Weber State star reached a new tier of outstanding single-game performances.
In NBA.com’s look back at the 20 best stat lines from 2020, Lillard was featured early and often. His 61-point explosion on Jan. 20 led the way for Lillard. NBA.com contributor Brian Martin provided context to Lillard’s big night against the Warriors.
Lillard’s 61-point effort was not only a career high for him personally, it also set a new Blazers franchise record for points in a game and set the NBA season high, which would not be topped - only matched (more to come on that later). Lillard’s 11 3-pointers made were a career best and franchise best as well.
Lillard’s work in the bubble also garnered attention. Martin explained that Lillard’s follow-up 61-point night against the Mavericks on Aug. 11 was crucial to the Blazers’ postseason hopes.
Lillard entered the Disney World bubble with one mission – get to the Blazers to the playoffs. After posting 51 points in a win over Philly two days prior, Lillard matched his career high with 61 points to lead Portland to a 134-131 win over Dallas to move his team in eighth place in the Western Conference playoff race. His final three points came on a 33-foot triple that bounced sky high off the back of the rim and fell through to tie the game with a 1:30 to play.
NBA.com’s list also featured CJ McCollum’s 44-point performance from last week. You can read the complete list of 20 stat lines from 2020 at NBA.com.