Dame’s Big Game

02/27/2023 Dame’s Big Game

By: Jeff Yoder

Damian Lillard (Career-High 71 Points) Sets Franchise Records With 13 3s On Epic Shooting Night

Have a night, Dame! The NBA’s whacky scoring palooza continued Sunday night with a 71-point career-high from Damian Lillard. Dame went 22-for-38 from the floor, including 13-for-22 from 3-point range en route to a 71-6-6 stat line as the Blazers pounded the Rockets (131-114). It was the second 70-point game of the season (Donovan Mitchell, 71, Jan. 2), and it was his fifth career 60-point game. Only Kobe Bryant (6) and Wilt Chamberlain (32) have more. It wasn’t just a 3-point fiesta either — although his 13 triples were one shy of the NBA record. Dame also hammered down a poster dunk on Jabari Smith. He exited with 44 seconds left to a standing ovation and a plethora of Blazers franchise records, including the most points and 3s in a game.


Dame History: At age 32, Lillard is the oldest player in NBA history with a 70-point game. He became just the eighth player to score 70 in a game, joining Chamberlain, Bryant, Elgin Baylor, David Thompson, David Robinson, Devin Booker, and Donovan Mitchell. He also became the fourth player to score multiple 60-point games in a single season.


Watch: Lillard Scores Career-High 71 Points


Other NBA Highlights


Bucks Edge Suns for 14th StraightNo Giannis Antetokounmpo or Kevin Durant in action on Sunday, but the Bucks got 33 points from Jrue Holiday to beat the Suns (104-101) and extend their win streak to 15 games.


🚨 Celtics-76ers Wild FinishOne of the craziest finishes in recent memory took place Saturday night in Philly where the Celtics beat the 76ers (110-107) after Philadelphia made a late comeback. Jayson Tatum hit the go-ahead 3 with 1.7 seconds left before Joel Embiid (41-12-5) netted a 75-foot prayer that would’ve sent the game into overtime, but the ball was still in his hand when the clock hit zero.


🚨 Trae Young’s Buzzer-BeaterAfter news that the Hawks hired their new coach in Quin Snyder, Atlanta celebrated with a game-winning jumper from Trae Young to beat the Nets (129-127). Young had 34 points and 8 assists, and the Hawks are 2-0 since firing head coach Nate McMillan.


Lakers Rally From 27 Down: The new-look Lakers have a new attitude, too. After an overhaul at the trade deadline, Los Angeles won its third straight by completing a 27-point comeback to beat the Mavs (111-108) — the largest rally of the NBA season. Anthony Davis led the way with 30 points and 15 rebounds.


🚨 Jokic Drops 40-Pt Triple-Double: Another wild finish closed out the weekend in Denver where the Nuggets outlasted the Clippers (134-124, OT) behind Nikola Jokic’s 40-17-10 night. Paul George hit a half-court heave at the end of regulation that didn’t count, but it would’ve capped a magical weekend of buzzer-beaters.


Additional Storylines

ESPN: Damian Lillard Sizzles With Career-High 71 on 13 3-Pointers

CBS Sports: Quin Snyder Agrees to 5-Year Deal to Become Coach of Hawks


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