-----Damian Lillard scores 59 points to put the Blazers on the verge of a playoff berth in the West with a 101-86 win over the Utah Jazz on Saturday night.
Damian Lillard scored 59 points on Saturday night to set the franchise mark for points in a game, as the Blazers defeated the Utah Jazz 101-86 to move their magic number at one to secure the eighth and final playoff spot in the West.
Lillard broke the franchise record of 54 held by Damon Stoudamire (2005).
Lillard finished the night 18-for-34 from the field, including 9-for-14 from three and 14-for-16 from the free throw line. He added six rebounds and 5 assists. Lillard is the only player in franchise history to have three games with 50 or more points in a game. Lillard scored all 59 points in just three quarters. He scored 26 in the first, 19 in third, and 14 in the fourth. He was held scoreless in the second quarter.
Lillard's performance came at the perfect time for the Blazers who were playing without Jusuf Nurkic and Allen Crabbe. Crabbe missed the game with a sore foot after he scored 25 points in the Blazers win over the Timberwolves on Thursday.
Portland (40-40) has two games left on the season. They will host San Antonio on Monday and close out the season at the Moda Center Wednesday night against New Orleans. Denver will host Oklahoma City tomorrow. They close out the season with road games at Dallas and Oklahoma on Tuesday and Wednesday. With a win in either of their final two games, the Blazers will clinch the eighth and final playoff spot in the West.
Chad's Take- Damian Lillard was awesome tonight. The Blazers had no Nurkic or Crabbe and yet Lillard was able to go wild against one of the best defensive teams in the NBA. Lillard made history on a night when his team needed it the most. That is what franchise players are supposed to do. Lillard has been a best since the All Star break.