Damian Lillard just had an all-time great NBA performance for the Trail Blazers. Although it came in a disappointing loss, Dame showed why he is one of the best players on the planet with one of the best NBA playoffs performances of all time.
Here are all the records that he broke in that epic 55-point performance.
Most three-pointers made in a playoff game in NBA History
Dame actually had nine, and ten made three-pointers in a game before this matchup with the Nuggets. But in this game, he had an amazing 12 made threes, to go past the 11 of Klay Thompson, who set the record back in 2016. This is obviously a new Blazer franchise-record too.
New franchise record for scoring in the playoffs
Not surprisingly, Dame already held the previous playoff scoring record of 50 points, in his playoff epic against the Oklahoma City Thunder back in 2019. This time, he extended it to 55 points.
Coincidentally, this was the seventh equal highest-scoring performance of all-time in the playoffs, for any team.
First player in NBA History with 50 points, 10 assists, and 10 made threes
It’s no surprise that this has never been done before. To score that many points, and then dish out 10 assists, shows just what a night this was. This record may never be broken.
Most efficient 50-point playoff game in NBA History, EFG%, and TS%
This is one of the more wild records that Dame broke. In both effective field goal percentage and true shooting percentage, Dame has the most efficient 50-point game ever.
When you look at the below percentages, it’s Dame and then daylight to second with these efficiencies.
First player with 55 points and 10 assists in a playoff game in NBA History
This is another record that shows just how mindblowing this performance from Dame was.
Scoring 55 points in a playoff game is a feat only achieved by seven other players in NBA History.
To put 10 assists with that line is crazy and was another first in playoff history.
Of course, because it was a loss, all these records will now be first in losing efforts as well.
Here is his final stat line.
55 points, 6 rebounds, 10 assists, 3 blocks
17 of 24 from the field – 70.8 percent, 12 of 17 from three, 70.6 percent,
9 of 10 from the free-throw line, 90.0 percent.
1 turnover, no fouls.
This game will go down as one of the greatest playoff performances ever, not just because of the shotmaking, but because most of the scoring is coming at the end of the game. This type of clutch shot-making may never have been seen in a playoff game before and may never be seen again in the future.
The Blazers are now down three games to two and need to lick their wounds before traveling home to Portland for a must-win game three. Dame may be needed again to go haywire if the Blazers want to force a game seven and potentially make the second-round.