Damian Lillard Makes History in 60-Point Game Against Utah

Damian Lillard at the Adidas Republic of Sports event in 2017
Damian Lillard at the Adidas Republic of Sports event in 2017. Photo by Imagine China/Shutterstock (8879774e)

The Portland Trail Blazers star Damian Lillard scored 60 points for the fourth time in his career to lift his team to a 134-124 win over the Utah Jazz on Wednesday night. In addition to the high total, Lillard also turned heads with his efficiency, needing just 29 shots and 10 free throws to do so.

Rick Barry in 1974 is the only player to have equaled Lillard’s tally with fewer free throw attempts. As a result, Lillard posted the highest true shooting percentage (.898) ever in a 60-point game.

“That was incredible, man,” Blazers coach Chauncey Billups exclaimed after Lillard’s performance. “You don’t get to see that very often, to be that efficient. For a guy to score 60 points and only 10 free throws and make nine of them, you’re thinking either this dude has an absurd amount of 3s. It was just incredible how efficient he was.”

Lillard also proved to be a highly-precise shooter from distance, scoring nine three-pointers to tie for the second-most in history in a 60-point game. The record for the most three-pointers is also held by Lillard himself.

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