No player in NBA history has averaged over 45 points and 10 assists over a six-game span; that is until now. Portland’s Damian Lillard is on fire!
Lillard has scored 293 points in his last six games, the fourth-best in the past 20 NBA seasons. The only player to score more in a six-game span wasJames Harden (twice). Lillard’s total matched that of Kobe Bryant, who scored 293 points in a six-game span back in March of 2007.
The streak started back on January 20 when Lillard went off for a franchise-record 61 points against the Golden State Warriors. On Saturday in a win over Utah, Lillard scored 51 points and dished out 12 assists, half of them going to center Hassan Whiteside who scored 17 points of his own.
By hitting 9-of-15 from behind the 3-point arc, Lillard set an NBA record for most 3-pointers in a six-game span. Lillard’s 49 3-pointers surpassed the 46 by Golden State’s Stephen Curry set just last January.
More important than the scoring streak, Portland has now won four of its last six moving the Trail Blazers into a tie with San Antonio for the ninth spot in the Western Conference. Portland is now just a game and a half behind Memphis, which is eighth in the standings.
All four of the Trail Blazers wins have been against teams with records above .500. Portland only had five such wins prior to their last six games.
Lillard has scored at least 47 points in five of the six games during the streak. In the other, he recorded his first career triple-double with 36 points, 11 assists, and 10 rebounds. Lillard is averaging 48.8 points a game during the streak.