Damian Lillard played a key role in the Portland Trail Blazers’ victory over the Los Angeles Clippers on Friday evening, shooting 5-7 from deep, scoring 25 points, and keying a fourth-quarter rally that led the Blazers past their opponent despite 42 points from Clippers forward Paul George.
The effort followed a series of games in which Lillard was uncharacteristically quiet on the floor. Prior to the Clippers game, he had hit only 6 of 35 three-pointers attempted, an abysmal 17.1% rate. His scoring average sits at 19.2 points, down from 28.8 just a season ago.
After the win, Lillard reflected on his positive showing. Sean Highkin of Bleacher Report tweeted the quote:
Damian Lillard on breaking out of his slump: “I’ve been around long enough to know it’s part of the game. I’ve had stretches where I scored 50 points a game for 4 games. You can’t enjoy that without also knowing that when shit goes south, that’s also part of the game.”
Lillard and the Blazers will square off against the Charlotte Hornets on Sunday at 4:00 PM, Pacific.