He had to wait for his 16th game of the season to exceed 30 points. Like James Harden recently, Damian Lillard has finally broken this barrier, but much later than his habits of recent years.
He was even very close to also crossing that of the 40 units since he finally stuck 39 points to the Sixers, to 10/21 in the shoot, 5/13 to 3-pts and a perfect 14/14 on the free throw line. .
This season record therefore confirms the performances of the last few days (24.3 points on average at 45% success in shooting and 38% at 3-pts over the six matches before this one), because after very, very complicated first steps, “Lady” has found color, and also contains a little secret of the making.
“I looked for a room to take a few shots”, confides the leader, who wanted to take advantage of the two days off Portland to do his ranges, to the official website of the franchise. “We are getting out of the Covid, so the rooms are filling up, people are trying to find parquet floors. I said to myself that if there was one that I would have access to, this is the one. So why not go where I play. What I have done. “
We understand, the All-Star of Portland has therefore offered a shoot in the Moda Center. So it paid off, even if his 5/13 at 3-pts is not perfect. However, in the third quarter, he hurt Tyrese Maxey with his support and his long shot.
“For two weeks and five or six matches, I’ve started to feel better and better”
And he who did not like the new rules and struggled to accumulate free throws found himself on the line 14 times against the gang of Doc Rivers. Again, this is his season record in this area.
“He was winning all 14 free throws”, welcomes and notes Chauncey Billups. “We saw what we are used to seeing at home, when he enters: he shoots a lot of free throws. It’s the first time this season he’s been able to do it and he’s done it all. It’s good for him to have lived such an evening. “
Portland is on three straight wins and Damian Lillard is slowly coming back up the hill. It is now to be confirmed, for the team as for its superstar, in the long term. Especially since Denver, Golden State and Utah will be on the program in the coming days.
“I was in trouble with my shot”, confirms the Tokyo Olympic champion. “Confronting the galleys, the criticisms and the hard times, it shows his character. We must continue to fight. I stay mentally strong. For two weeks and five or six matches, I’ve started to feel better and better. “