PORTLAND, OREGON – Damian Lillard came through with the best game of his career against his hometown team.
Lillard scored a career-high 51 points, and had seven assists, six steals and no turnovers to lead the Portland Trail Blazers to a stunningly dominant 137-105 win over the defending champion Golden State Warriors on Friday night.
“It’s a great feeling,” said Lillard, who is from Oakland, California. “Especially against the best team in the league. I haven’t scored 50 since ninth grade.”
Golden State coach Steve Kerr paid Lillard the ultimate compliment for today’s point guard.
“He was phenomenal,” Kerr said. “He looked like Steph Curry out there.”
Curry, last season’s MVP, led the Warriors with 31 points and five assists. Draymond Green added 14 points, 12 rebounds and eight assists, but also had nine turnovers as Golden State snapped its 11-game winning streak and saw its quest for the best regular season record in NBA history hit a serious speed bump.
“This is the NBA, so there’s going to be nights where the other team gets hot,” Kerr said. “I’m OK with the other team making shots.
“What I’m not OK with is losing our poise in the third quarter.”
The 137 points were the most by a Golden State opponent this season, and the 32-point margin of defeat the Warriors’ most lopsided loss.
“We weren’t as focused as we should be,” said Golden State’s Klay Thompson, who had 23 points.
Said Curry: “We just lost our composure when it comes to how we controlled our possessions. That usually doesn’t happen.”
Pacers 101, Thunder 98
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Nets 109, Knicks 98
In New York, Brook Lopez scored 33 points and the Brooklyn beat the Knicks to hand them their seventh straight loss.
Jazz 111, Celtics 93
In Salt Lake City, Derrick Favors had 23 points and 10 rebounds to help Utah whip Boston.
Bulls 116, Raptors 106
In Chicago, Doug McDermott had a career-high 30 points and the Bulls beat Toronto.
Heat 115, Hawks 111
In Atlanta, Luol Deng scored 30 points and Josh McRoberts had 19 — season highs for each player — and Miami, playing without All-Stars Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh, beat the Hawks.
Magic 110, Mavericks 104 (OT)
In Orlando, Victor Oladipo had 17 points and a career-high 14 rebounds and hit the 3-pointer that put the Magic ahead for good in overtime against Dallas.
Wizards 98, Pistons 86
In Washington, John Wall scored 22 points and Bradley Beal had 17 to help the hosts triumph over Detroit.
Hornets 98, Bucks 95
In Milwaukee, Kemba Walker scored 25 points and Cody Zeller added a season-high 23 for Charlotte.
Grizzlies 109, T-Wolves 104
In Memphis, Mike Conley had 25 points and seven assists and Vince Carter added a season-high 15 points for the hosts.
Pelicans 121, 76ers 114
In New Orleans, Anthony Davis scored 18 of his 34 points in the first quarter against Philadelphia.
Kings 116, Nuggets 110
In Sacramento, DeMarcus Cousins had 37 points, 20 boards and four blocks in the Kings’ victory over Denver.
Rockets 116, Suns 100
In Phoenix, James Harden had 27 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists and Houston got a convincing win over the free-falling Suns.
Spurs 119, Lakers 113
In Los Angeles, Tony Parker scored 25 points in San Antonio’s triumph over the Lakers in the final matchup between Kobe Bryant and longtime Western Conference adversary Tim Duncan.