Portland Trail Blazers point guard Damian Lillard scored 51 points against the Utah Jazz last night, extending his hot streak.
Lillard has long been a player that’s been in underrated conversations. Year after year, Lillard proves to the NBA world why he belongs in conversations about not only the best guard, but about the top players of the league.
Over the last eight games, Lillard has scored 361 points, dating back to Jan. 17. Over the last six games, he has scored 293 points, which ties any six-game streak by the late Kobe Bryant, Lillard’s idol.
Lillard said that he hasn’t experienced being this hot in his entire life.
The eight-game streak dates back to a game against the Dallas Mavericks, where he scored 34 points and 10 assists on 13-of-25 shooting from the field, including 3-of-10 from three. He followed that up with a 34-point performance against the Oklahoma City Thunder, which led to a 61-point, 10-rebound explosion against the Golden State Warriors, where Lillard shot 17-of-37 from the field and 11-of-20 from three.
With just those three games, that would’ve been enough to satisfy fans. But Lillard wasn’t done. He scored 47 points against the Mavericks on 16-of-28 shooting, 50 points against the Indiana Pacers on 14-of-23 shooting, and a 36-10-11 triple-double against the Houston Rockets, which featured some trash talk between Lillard and Russell Westbrook.
The trash talk seemed to fuel Lillard even more, as he scored 48 points against the Los Angeles Lakers in Staples Center on an emotional night, where the Lakers honored the life of Bryant with a touching tribute and a speech from LeBron James. He also dished 10 assists and grabbed nine rebounds.
The Blazers will play the Denver Nuggets next, a team that lacks perimeter defense, especially against guards of Lillard’s capabilities. Be watching Lillard, as his hot streak continues.