If this year’s season has taught us anything, it is that offense prevails in the modern NBA. Defense is critical for any team, but offense is becoming increasingly more important as the game evolves.
Last night, the same principle remained true as Damian Lillard erupted for a franchise record and career-high 59 points against the Utah Jazz. This performance came on an 18-of-34 shooting performance from the field and even tying the franchise record with nine threes.
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Lillard came out hot right out of the gate; netting 26 of his 59 points in the first quarter, tying his personal record for most points in a single quarter. He would slow down in the second quarter and would not score a single point.
Perhaps the best part about this amazing performance by Lillard was that he did not commit a single turnover the entire game; making him the first player to do so and score 59 points since 1983.
The Trail Blazers are sitting right on the edge of the playoffs at the 8 spot and currently hold a one and a half game lead over the Denver Nuggets. If the season ended today, they would be matched up with the number one seeded Golden State Warriors.
Portland would go on to win this game 101-86.