The Utah Jazz were fighting hard on Wednesday but they couldn’t stop the Portland Trail Blazers.
To be more specific, they couldn’t stop Damian Lillard of the Blazers.
Lillard created an amazing stat line for the evening: 60 points, 7 rebounds, and 8 assists.
Dame joined some elite company last night. 👀👏 pic.twitter.com/lVWn4vxekH
— theScore (@theScore) January 26, 2023
Those are stunning numbers but it’s not the first time he scored 60.
In fact, Lillard now joins Wilt Chamberlain, Kobe Bryant, Michael Jordan, and James Harden as one of five players in NBA history with four or more 60+ point games.
Lillard, Harden, and Jordan have done it four times while Bryant did it six and Chamberlain did it an amazing 32 times.
Lillard’s latest 60-point outing is his most impressive, of course, because it comes 10 years into his career.
The star guard is now playing against men much younger than him but he is still running circles around them at times.
Lillard looked like a one-man team on Wednesday and the next-best scorer on his squad was Jerami Grant with 19 points.
There are some nights that Lillard is going so hard that the rest of the team just sits back and lets him go.
In the end, the Blazers pulled off a 134-124 victory.
The Jazz were able to stay in it because of players like Lauri Markkanen, Collin Sexton, and Jordan Clarkson.
You would think that the Blazers would have won by a larger margin because of Lillard’s 60-point showing.
But this goes to show that the team often fails to meet the high bar set by Lillard.
If Lillard had another All-Star on his team, the Blazers might be higher than 12th in the West.
Until that happens, they may still struggle even as their star player has incredible, record-breaking games.NEXT: Damian Lillard Matched Efficient NBA History Wednesday Night