The Portland Trail Blazers haven’t been at their best this season, but they refuse to go down without a fight.
Damian Lillard continues to post video game-like numbers night in and night out, and while he’s not exactly an MVP frontrunner at this point, he’s surely written his name in NBA history this season.
That was the case again during the Blazers’ huge win over the Houston Rockets, as Lillard became the oldest player in NBA history to record a 70-point game.
Damian Lillard is the oldest player in NBA history with a 70-point game ⌚ pic.twitter.com/VRCsmpCRdl
— NBA on ESPN (@ESPNNBA) February 27, 2023
Lillard is one of just eight players to top the 70-point plateau in NBA history, joining the likes of Elgin Baylor, Wilt Chamberlain, David Robinson, Donovan Mitchell, Kobe Bryant, David Thompson, and Devin Booker.
If that wasn’t enough, Lillard became the first player to score 70+ in under 39 minutes of play, not to mention he also had the most efficient 70-point game ever, going 22 for 38 from the field, 13 for 22 from three, and 14 for 14 from the line to have a true shooting percentage of 80.4%.
Dame came short of Klay Thompson’s record of 14-three-pointers made in one game, but he’s the only player to score 70+ with a least ten triples.
Lillard now has the third-most 60+ point games in NBA history (5), trailing only the late greats Kobe Bryant (6) and Wilt Chamberlain (31).
Also, they’re part of an exclusive club of the only players to have separate games of 50+, 60+, and 70+ games in a single season.
The Blazers are still far below in the playoff race, but Lillard won’t stop fighting until the very last second.NEXT: Damian Lillard Snaps Back At Online Critics