Damian Lillard and the Portland Trail Blazers did the impossible on Tuesday night!
Damian Lillard scored 50 points and dished out 10 assists as the Portland Trail Blazers closed the game on a 25-7 run to defeat the New Orleans Pelicans 125-124 Tuesday night at Moda Center. It was the 12th 50-point game of Lillard's career.
Brandon Ingram led New Orleans with 30 points and Zion Williamson finished with 28 points and dished out eight assists.
Lillard, who finished with six 3-pointers, made a pair of free throws with 1.2 seconds left for Portland, which rallied from a 17-point deficit with some six minutes remaining. He scored 20 of his points in the final quarter.
"I think with how it happened and the position we were in down the stretch, this will be one I remember," Lillard said.
Gary Trent Jr.'s three-pointer pulled the Blazers to within 117-113 with 3:30 left. Lillard added a three to make it a one-point game.
Eric Bledsoe answered with a three for New Orleans, but Carmelo Anthony's jumper kept it close. Williamson's layup made it 122-118 with just over a minute to go.
After Lillard and Williamson traded layups, Lillard was fouled and made both his shots. With 4.2 seconds left the Blazers got the ball with the Pelicans hanging on to a 124-123 lead.
Bledsoe fouled Lillard, who made both his shots to put Portland up 125-124 with 1.2 seconds left. Williamson's turnaround hook at the other end at the buzzer missed the mark.
Lillard connected on 18-of-18 from the free throw line. It was the most free throws attempted without a miss in franchise history.
CJ McCollum made his return to the Blazers' lineup after missing 25-games, he finished the night with 10 points on 3-of-11 shooting in 26 minutes.
Trent scored 12 of his 22 points in the fourth quarter and both Enes kanter and Derrick Jones Jr. each scored 10 points.
Up Next- The Trail Blazers host the New Orleans Pelicans again Thursday night at Moda Center. The game is scheduled to tip off at 7:00 PM.
Chad's Take- Better to be lucky than good.