The All-Star Game would have been a nice achievement, but an All-NBA nod is what truly validates a player as one of the game's best, and Dame Lillard is well on his way to one of those.
For the second time in less than a month, Lillard exploded for a 50-point performance, this time against the Toronto Raptors Friday night. He was good on 16 of his 28 attempts from the field and added 5 assists for good measure. Lillard scored 22 of his 50 in the fourth quarter, including 4-of-7 shooting from three-point range.
The Raptors got a little more from their starting unit and outlasted the Blazers 117-115. However, if they weren't aware before, the league is on notice.
Lillard racked up 50 in the recently released "Static" adidas D Lillard 2. The colorway is inspired by Lillard's relentless work ethic and ability to drown out unnecessary noise. Seems to be working for him.
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