Stephen Curry doesn’t lose too many shootouts, but he got smoked by Damian Lillard during the Blazers’ 137–105 victory over the Warriors at the Moda Center on Friday.
Lillard, playing in his first game since being left off the 2016 All–Star team, scored a career-high 51 points (on 18-of-28 shooting) and hit nine three-pointers in 31 minutes. He annihilated his previous career high of 43 points, set against the Spurs on Dec. 19, 2014.
Portland’s fourth-year guard became just the sixth player to score 50 or more points in a game this season, joining Curry (53 and 51), Kings center DeMarcus Cousins (56), Bulls guard Jimmy Butler (53), Hornets guard Kemba Walker (52) and Rockets guard James Harden (50).
“I haven’t scored 50 since ninth grade,” Lillard said after the game, according to The Oregonian.
Lillard became just the sixth player in Blazers history to top the 50-point mark, joining Geoff Petrie, Clyde Drexler, Damon Stoudamire, Brandon Roy and Andre Miller. Friday also marked the fifth 40-plus point game of Lillard’s career, which ranks third in franchise history, topping Roy (four) and LaMarcus Aldridge (three).
Lillard’s full stat line—51 points, seven assists, zero rebounds and six steals—hasn’t been matched in an NBA game since 1983. The last player to score 50-plus points, dish five-plus assists and register five-plus steals was Allen Iverson in 2005.
The Blazers shocked the defending champions with 42 first-quarter points and then scored 36 points in the third quarter to set up an extended session of garbage time. With a game against the Clippers in L.A. on Saturday, Warriors coach Steve Kerr elected to rest many of his key players down the stretch.
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Curry finished with a team-high 31 points (on 12-of-23 shooting) and hit seven three-pointers.
Golden State’s 32-point defeat is its worst during Kerr’s tenure. The last time the Warriors suffered a worse loss was a 39-point defeat against the Nuggets April 9, 2012.