Damian Lillard had one of the best games of his career last night against the Golden State Warriors, his hometown team.
The 25-year-old scored a career-high 51 points, and had seven assists, six steals and no turnovers against the current NBA Champions, and it was a fine sight to behold if you are a Portland Trail Blazers. Stephen Curry managed to get 31 points for the Warriors, with the final score being 137-105 to the Blazers.
Lillard was very happy, as you would be, with his performance against Golden State, as he said, according to ESPN: "It's a great feeling. Especially against the best team in the league. I haven't scored 50 since ninth grade."
Even Warriors head coach Steve Kerr appreciated the point guard's play on Friday night, stating that, according to Rusty Simmons of The San Francisco Chronicle: "He looked like Steph Curry out there."
This didn't go down well with the Blazers fans, who defended their player for being no one but himself.
Blazers fans have every right to be happy with Lillard's performance against the Warriors. He became the first player since Reggie Miller in 1992 to have 50 points and seven assists without any turnovers in a single game. He also tied a franchise record and set a Warriors opposition record with nine three-pointers.
The two-time NBA All-Star's performance on Friday also made him the first player in NBA history to have at least 50 points, seven assists and six steals since the steal became an official statistic in 1973-74. Excellent work by someone who was snubbed for an All-Star selection this year.
This certainly would be a very interesting matchup later this season if the Blazers finish eighth in the Western Conference.
As for their next game, the Trail Blazers host the Utah Jazz on Sunday, while the Warriors are at the Los Angeles Clippers on Saturday.