Damian Lillard was decided to not let one other recreation slip away as he bounced again from defeat to the Los Angeles Clippers with a 51-point recreation in opposition to the Philadelphia 76ers.
Portland Path Blazers level guard Lillard missed a pair of free throws and likewise a three-pointer within the closing seconds of his workforce’s reverse to the Clippers on Saturday.
The five-time NBA All-Star then turned concerned in a social media spat with Clippers duo Paul George, who had waved from the bench after the end to the sport, and Patrick Beverley, however was again right down to enterprise on the court docket on Sunday.
His efficiency helped the Blazers transfer to inside half-a-game of the eighth-placed Memphis Grizzlies – who misplaced to the Toronto Raptors – within the race to make the playoffs within the Western Convention.
“After the sport, I used to be irritated with myself, I used to be pissed off. However it’s what it’s,” Lillard stated of Saturday’s setback. “I talked to considered one of my finest pals and he stated, ‘It’s what it’s, this occurred for a cause. You’ve got had quite a lot of large moments and also you often come out on high, so you have to count on to be some type of stability, you have to count on to come back up in opposition to some adversity’.
“I knew we had an opportunity to get again on the court docket immediately, so I moved on from it quicker than if it wasn’t a back-to-back.”
He later added throughout the post-match media name: “Positively coming into tonight after yesterday, I knew how necessary it was to win the sport.
“We let one slip yesterday that we should always have had and I am an enormous a part of why it bought away from us. Tonight, I stated that wasn’t going to occur.”
With 51 factors tonight, Damian Lillard of the @trailblazers has tied James Harden for the NBA lead with 5 50-point video games this season.
That is the first time two gamers have had 5 50-point video games in the identical season since 1961-62, when Wilt Chamberlain had 45 & Elgin Baylor 5.
— Stats By STATS (@StatsBySTATS) August 10, 2020
Lillard went 16-for-28 from the ground and hit 15 of his 16 free throws, serving to the Blazers prevail 124-121 in opposition to a Philadelphia workforce who misplaced Joel Embiid throughout the first quarter.
“I do not assume anybody thinks something much less of Dame as a result of he missed free throws,” Blazers coach Terry Stotts stated of Lillard’s efficiency.
“Tonight, he confirmed his dedication and can that he is proven all through his profession.”
Portland are again in motion on Tuesday, as they tackle the Dallas Mavericks.