Blazers’ Damian Lillard Drops 71 vs. Rockets, Gets Drug Tested After Historic Game

Blazers’ Damian Lillard Drops 71 vs. Rockets, Gets Drug Tested After Historic Game
Tyler Conway@@jtylerconwayTwitter LogoFeatured Columnist IVFebruary 27, 2023

PORTLAND, OREGON - FEBRUARY 26: Damian Lillard #0 of the Portland Trail Blazers and TyTy Washington Jr. #0 of the Houston Rockets in action during the first quarter at the Moda Center on February 26, 2023 in Portland, Oregon. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Alika Jenner/Getty Images)

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Damian Lillard’s 71-point bonanza did not come without a cost.

The Portland Trail Blazers star was informed of a random NBA drug test immediately after Sunday’s 131-114 win over the Houston Rockets.

“I know I’ve got a lot of tattoos, but when you’re doing a blood draw, it’s different from tattoos. It brought me down from here to the floor,” Lillard told reporters after the game.

Lillard knocked down 22 of his 38 shot attempts, including a 13-of-22 rate from beyond the arc, while adding six assists and six rebounds in his career-best effort. No other Blazers player finished with more than 13 points as Lillard matched an NBA season-high in points set by Donovan Mitchell.

NBA @NBA

2nd-most 3PM in a game in NBA history (13)
8th player to score 70+ PTS in a single game (71)
The first player in NBA history with 70+ PTS, 5+ REB, 5+ AST and 10+ 3PM in a single game…

What a night for Damian Lillard 🔥 pic.twitter.com/8MMHxePNUu

“I think any hooper enjoys those moments when you’re hot, you’re in attack mode, you’re feeling good,” Lillard said. “But it’s the stuff afterward that I struggle with, like when I walked off the court, was I supposed to be overly excited, or what?”

Lillard now sits sixth on the NBA’s all-time list with 15 career 50-point games. He’s now ahead of names like LeBron James, Kevin Durant and Stephen Curry, despite this being only his 11th NBA season.

While playoff success is yet to come to Portland in Lillard’s tenure as a franchise player, he’s carved out a Hall of Fame resume and established himself as arguably the greatest Blazer in franchise history.

Sunday’s 71-point epic was merely another addition to the list.

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