Lillard hit 18 of 34 shots, including 9 of 14 threes Jersey

Lillard hit 18 of 34 shots, including 9 of 14 threes Jersey

Postautor: HelenaLe » 10 kwie 2017, o 09:16

Lillard surpassed Damon Stoudamire's 54 points with a step-back 3-pointer with 1:49 left. With the crowd on its feet, he raised his arms in celebration, then pounded his chest. He had a chance at 60 but missed the first two of a trio of free throws with 23.1 seconds left. He scored a ... pey_Jersey franchise-record 59 points and matched his career high with nine 3-pointers to help the Portland Trail Blazers beat the Utah Jazz 101-86 on Saturday night. After the first miss, he thought 60 was out of reach. He jokingly blamed teammate Noah Vonleh for being off by a point when he shouted out his total down the final stretch. "When I missed the second one and everybody was like, 'Ohhh,' I was like, 'What happened?' Then I made the last one and looked up, and I had 59," he said, shaking his head. "And I was like, it's Noah's fault." The Blazers stayed in front of the Denver Nuggets for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference with just two games left. "I knew before the game that I was going to come out, and I was going to attack them. Knowing how important the game was, I decided early [I] was going to come out here and try to impose my will on them," he said. Gordon Hayward had 21 points for the Jazz, who are battling with the Los Angeles Clippers for the fourth spot in the West and home-court advantage. The two teams also met earlier this week. Hayward scored 30 points, and Gobert added 20 points and 11 rebounds to lead the Jazz to a 106-87 victory. Rodney Hood and Derrick Favors both sat out of that game because of knee soreness. The Blazers were without reserve guard Allen Crabbe because of left foot soreness. Portland big man Jusuf Nurkic, who sparked the team after coming over in a trade ... bin-Jersey from Denver at the deadline, missed his fifth game because of a right leg fracture but could return if the Blazers make the playoffs. Portland led by 19 points in the first quarter as the Jazz went cold, shooting 35 percent. Lillard had 26 points, matching his own franchise record for points in a quarter. The Jazz took a blow early in the second half when Raul Neto, who started the half in Dante Exum's place, rolled his left ankle and left the game. X-rays were negative. Snyder said the Jazz are going to have to assess where they are in terms of injuries. Utah visits the Warriors on Monday. "I don't know if we're going to go into the playoffs with three or four guys out, that doesn't do us any good where we're seeded," the coach said. "We've got to step back and see who is healthy." The Jazz trailed by 20 points early in the fourth quarter but cut it to 90-78 on Rudy Gobert's jumper with 4:15 to go. Lillard answered with his eighth 3-pointer of the game. The crowd chanted "MVP! MVP!" at times the rest of the game. It was Lillard's 27th game with 30 or more points this season, a franchise high. Stoudamire set the previous franchise record for points on Jan. 14, 2005, at New Orleans. It was Lillard's 75th career game of 30-plus to match Geoff Petrie for second in team history. Clyde Drexler is No. 1 with 130. Lillard also became the fifth Blazer to score 2,000-plus points in a season. Lillard delivered a huge night for the Trail Blazers, who are fighting for the eighth and final playoff spot in the West. He surpassed Damon Stoudemire’s record of 54, set in the 2004-05 season, with the third 50-point game of his career despite not scoring in the second quarter. (He outscored ... ersey.html the Jazz 26-20 in the first.) It was Lillard’s 27th game with 30 or more points this season, also a franchise high. He could’ve topped 60 if he hadn’t missed two free throws in the final seconds. Lillard blamed teammate Noah Vonleh for telling him how many he had. Lillard hit 18 of 34 shots, including 9 of 14 threes, with six rebounds, five assists and zero turnovers. No other Blazer had more than 12 points. Lillard also showed a lot of class after his career game. In the Trail Blazers' season opener on October 25, 2016, Lillard recorded 39 points on 13-of-20 shooting, as well as 9 rebounds and 6 assists in a 113–104 win over the Utah Jazz. With his first assist of the night, Lillard passed Jim Paxson for sixth on the franchise career list (2,008).Four days later, he scored 37 points, including the go-ahead floater with less than a second remaining in overtime, to lead the Trail Blazers to a 115–113 win over the Denver Nuggets.With 27 points against the Phoenix Suns on November 2, Lillard became the first NBA player to score 27 or more points in each of his team's first five games since Kobe Bryant in 2005–06. Lillard's 163 points in the season's first five games are the most ever by a Blazer to start a season.Two days later, Lillard scored 27 of his season-high 42 points in the second half of the Trail Blazers' 105–95 win over the Dallas Mavericks.With 38 points on November 8 against the Phoenix Suns, Lillard had 262 points over the first eight games of the season, the most through the first eight games of a season in franchise history. It was also the most by an NBA player since Kobe Bryant had 264 through the first eight in 2009–10. Damian Lillard moved the Portland Trail Blazers one step closer to the playoffs with a career-high and franchise-record 59 points in Saturday's 101-86 win over the Utah Jazz. Portland can clinch the eighth seed in the West and a matchup against the Golden State Warriors with a win or a Denver loss. Meanwhile, the LA Clippers moved into a tie with Utah for fourth in the West at 49-31. The win avenged a 106-87 loss ... son_Jersey earlier this week and kept the Blazers a game and a half ahead of the Denver Nuggets for the eighth playoff spot with just two games left, at home against San Antonio on Monday and the Pelicans on Wednesday. The Jazz, meanwhile, are battling the Los Angeles Clippers for the fourth spot and home-court advantage. Utah visits the Warriors on Monday before closing out the regular season at home on Wednesday against the Spurs.
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