Damian Lillard played 25 minutes off the bench for Team LeBron and was part of the closing lineup as his 18 points helped lead his squad past Team Giannis 178-164 in the 2019 NBA All Star Game.
The Trail Blazers made the most of his 4th All Star Game appearance, pouring in SIX 3-pointers, including a couple of absolute bombs in the 3rd quarter.
— 2019 NBA All-Star (@NBAAllStar) February 18, 2019
Lillard certainly made his case to be the game’s MVP. Though he didn’t have the raw stats (KD won MVP by default with 31 points), Lillard’s long-range buckets came at big moments, twice tying the score after Team LeBron trailed by as many as 20 points in the third quarter.
“It’s just a matter of seeing one go in,” Lillard told TNT’s Kristen Ledlow after his stellar performance. “I saw one go in early and I was able to get hot.”
Lillard added six rebounds, five assists and two steals to compliment his scoring outburst.
Dame led all players in the game with a plus-minus of +20.
@Dame_Lillard was +20 in the all star game 😳😳🔥🔥🔥
— Dirir Harden (@dmohamed14) February 18, 2019
Lillard didn’t match his 21-point performance from last year’s All Star Game, but the way he captured the audience’s attention with his long-range buckets made Sunday’s performance more impressive than 2018. He finished with a 6-for-17 shooting night, all attempts coming behind the 3-point line.
Lillard totaled 179 feet of made 3-pointers.
Former Blazer LaMarcus Alridge had 2 points in 11 minutes of action, also playing for Team LeBron.
Giannis Antetokounmpo was the game’s high-scorer with 38 points in defeat.