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Damian Lillard appreciates respect shown by Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr

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Damian Lillard's career night of 51 points handed the Golden State Warriors their biggest loss of the season back in February. 

The Portland Trail Blazers guard returned to his hometown of Oakland, California on Friday night as the Western Conference franchise took on the reigning champions at the Oracle Arena. 

There was to be no repeat performance for Lillard, who was restricted to 17 points by the Warriors during the 128-112 loss as the Dubs got their revenge.

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But on a night where the two franchises made history for breaking the NBA record for three-point shots in a single game, the guard was singled out for praise by Steve Kerr after the final buzzer.

And speaking to Marc J. Spears of Yahoo Sports, the 25-year-old said he appreciated the Warriors coach approaching him in the tunnel.

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He said: "It's a level of respect considering the fact that he is the championship coach of the best team in the league.

"He doesn't have to come to my side and say anything to me. But as I was walking off the court he walked right up to me and said he really respected who I am and what I'm doing as a player. And I said the same."

After missing out on a place at All-Star weekend, Lillard has been in imperious form as the Trail Blazers continue to surprise. 

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The franchise were expected to struggle following the major overhaul in the summer, however, the backcourt of Lillard and McCollum has taken them to sixth in the West. 

The 2013 Rookie of the Year has averaged a career-high 25.9 points and 6.9 assists per game this season. 

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NBA
Portland Trail Blazers
Northwest Division
Western Conference
Golden State Warriors
Pacific Division
Damian Lillard

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