Portland Trail Blazers star Damian Lillard has reached a remarkable milestone in his illustrious NBA career, scoring a season-high 40 points to surpass the 20,000-point mark. This achievement makes him the 51st player in NBA history—and one of only eight active players—to reach this prestigious milestone.
Lillard, playing in his 794th career game, also became the 17th-fastest player to achieve this feat. Lillard openly expressed the significance of this accomplishment.
“I don’t want to fake downplay it like it’s nothing,” he said.
“I know it’s a big deal. It’s a great accomplishment. It’s a rare space to be in”. His journey to this point reflects not just his exceptional talent but also his resilience in the face of doubts and challenges throughout his career.
“When you look at Dame, obviously he can shoot the ball,” Bucks coach Adrian Griffin said. “He can stretch the floor. He just puts a lot of pressure on your defense. If you bring your bigs up, he can drive around them.
He's strong enough and physical enough to finish at the rim. He just has no weaknesses on the offensive end”.
Giannis Antetokounmpo's Triple-Double and Spurs' Struggles
While Lillard was lighting up the scoreboard, Giannis Antetokounmpo of the Milwaukee Bucks also had a notable performance with a career-high 16 assists, alongside 14 rebounds and 11 points.
This effort led to his 37th career triple-double and contributed significantly to the Bucks' 132-119 trouncing of the San Antonio Spurs. The Spurs faced additional challenges, playing without their 7-foot-3 rookie Victor Wembanyama due to a sore right ankle.
This was only the second game Wembanyama has missed and prevented a highly anticipated first-time matchup with Antetokounmpo. Spurs coach Gregg Popovich remained optimistic about Wembanyama’s injury, not expecting it to be long-term.
Meanwhile, the Bucks continued their impressive form, extending their winning streak at the Fiserv Forum. They have now won 14 consecutive home games, marking their longest streak since the 1990-91 season. Lillard’s historic night, Antetokounmpo’s triple-double, and the Bucks’ home dominance provided an exciting evening of basketball, showcasing the depth of talent and the compelling narratives that continue to unfold in the NBA.