Damian Lillard’s Ridiculous Scoring Output Garners Player of the Week Honors
Damian Lillard scored 61, 47 and 50 last week in Portland’s three games. It seemed like a foregone conclusion he’d earn the Western Conference Player of the Week award.
Lillard’s 61 points set a new franchise (and personal) record in the overtime win against Golden State. He followed that with 47 in a loss to Dallas.
Then on Sunday, after the death of Kobe Bryant, Lillard dropped 50 on Indiana in another Blazer win. He was also efficient against the Pacers. Lillard became the fifth player in NBA history to score 50 points while attempting 23 shots or fewer.
With the 50 against the Pacers, Lillard became the first player in franchise history to score 40+ points in three consecutive games.
To put Lillard’s numbers into perspective. He averaged 52.7 points (!!) on 53.4 percent shooting from the floor, including 57.4 percent shooting from three (!!) and 94.9 percent from the free throw line. On top of the scoring, Lillard averaged 7.3 rebounds and 9.3 assists.
For the season, the Blazer point guard is second in both three-point shots made and free throws made, and he’s fifth in scoring average, sixth in assists per game.
This is the eighth Western Conference Player of the Week award for Lillard, and it’s the first time in 2019-20.