Damian Lillard put up a huge game last night, as the Portland Trail Blazers surprisingly beat the San Antonio Spurs by 30 points at AT&T Center.
The overwhelming favorite to win the Rookie of the Year award scored 35 points and dished out 9 assists, as the Blazers took out the top team of the Western Conference.
Lillard obviously didn’t have to go up against the injured Tony Parker, but no one really saw Portland doing this to the otherwise very solid team in Spurs. The game was tied at the half, but the Blazers scored 79 points in the final two quarters, winning the fourth period 46-24.
Lillard was also very efficient on the night, connecting on 12 of his 20 shot attempts. Without Parker, the Spurs struggled to contain not only Lillard, but the Blazers backcourt in general. Wesley Matthews hit five 3-pointers in the game for 15 points, and even Eric Maynor contributed with 20.
According to Elias Sports Bureau, this is the first time the Spurs have lost a home game by 30 or more points since 1997. In that game the team was trailing the Toronto Raptors by 16 at the half.
Lilleard continues to impress everyone around the league, as he has truly become one of the most exciting rookies to watch in recent years.