Portland Trail Blazers’ power forward LaMarcus Aldridge and his 46 points and 18 rebounds that was the story of the Blazers’ 122-120 overtime victory over the Houston Rockets in game 1 of their first round playoff series on Sunday night.
However, it was Damian Lillard who took the game over, consistently hitting big shot after big shot.
“It was a Damian Lillard performance,” Blazers head coach Terry Stotts said via Alex Kennedy of Basketball Insiders. “Damian rises to the occasion. For all those people who were wanting to know if he was ready for the playoffs, I think he answered that question, so we don’t have to answer that anymore. He made big plays. The three was big, getting to the rim was big, making free throws – it was a big time performance.”
When Aldridge fouled out of the game, he told Lillard to take the game over and he clearly listened. Lillard finished with 31 points, nine rebounds and five assists.
Game 2 is Wednesday night at 9:30 pm EST and the game is on TNT.