Damian Lillard led the Portland Trail Blazers to victory against the Utah Jazz (134-124) with an incredible performance in which he scored 60 points early Thursday morning.
The Californian point guard reached these scoring figures for the fourth time in his career, tying him with Michael Jordan, James Harden and Elgin Baylor, who also have four NBA games adding 60 points or more.
With his new mark, Lillard is 2 games behind Kobe Bryant (6), but quite far from the legend Wilt Chamberlain, who reached that number 32 times.
“I think every time you score 60 points it's special, but in this game I feel like it was pretty simple.
I think I played how I should play.
I knew we needed to win, so I went out with the mentality to attack and be aggressive, but it wasn't like I had a hot hand.
It wasn't one of those games," Lillard declared after the match.
21/29 FG (72.4%)
....Damian Lillard, wednesday night!
— NBA (@NBA) January 26, 2023
Lillard also had seven rebounds and eight assists in the game against the Jazz.
It was a night of new records for the six-time All-Star, in a competition like the NBA where data and statistics of all elements of the game are accumulated.
Lillard became the first player in American League history to record at least five rebounds, five assists and five 3-pointers in three career games with 60 points, according to ESPN data.
Also, in his performance against the Jazz, Lillard made nine 3-pointers and surpassed Vince Carter as the player with the sixth most 3-pointers in NBA history, with 2,290.
The point guard also has 380 points in his last 10 games, his best mark since he scored 415 points from January 20 to February 9, 2020. The Blazers, with 23 wins and 25 losses, have had a bad start to the year, although they add two consecutive victories and are tied with the Thunder in the Western Conference.
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