Damian Lillard hasn’t been scoring at his usual rate this year, but the game against the Brooklyn Nets was different.
Damian Lillard - 34 points, nine assists, four rebounds
After struggling to find consistency for most of the season, Portland Trail Blazers star Damian Lillard put it all together against the Brooklyn Nets. That performance was what we’re used to seeing from him. Lillard, who’s always had a knack for scoring, got to his spots with ease against a porous Nets defense, and it was all over from there. He went 10-of-19 and forced his way to the foul line 11 times, where he made 10. On top of that, Lillard’s passing was on a different level, and he recorded nine assists and just three turnovers. Portland got fantastic efforts from Jusuf Nurkic and C.J. McCollum, but it was Lillard who put them over the top.
Stephen Curry - 33 points, seven rebounds, four assists
It was one of those nights for Stephen Curry. Without Kevin Durant and Draymond Green, the two-time MVP had free reign on the offensive end, and he took advantage of it. The Warriors went home with a 143-94 victory, and Steph needed just 27 minutes to do all of his damage. The most intriguing part was that Curry shot a mediocre clip from three (4-of-11) and still had enough in his bag to dismantle the Chicago Bulls. He sliced through the defense and was just an all-around hard time to defend. If the Bulls had made the game more interesting, we could’ve seen Curry inflate his state line. Unfortunately, that wasn’t very likely.
LeBron James - 27 points, 16 rebounds, 13 assists
On Friday, LeBron James improved to 25-1 against the Charlotte Hornets since Michael Jordan took majority ownership. That doesn’t mean anything; it’s just a fun stat. These two teams played each other 11 days ago, and James had a dazzling effort. He nearly replicated that during this contest, but he went and did more. The rebounds were a season-high, and it was the third time this year that LeBron recorded 13 assists. Cleveland was the winner of the wire-to-wire game, and James was just about perfect aside from some turnovers and a couple of missed free throws. Had he committed a few more blunders, we’re looking at a different outcome.
- Jusuf Nurkic - 29 points, 15 rebounds, four blocks
- Kyle Lowry - 24 points, 10 rebounds, eight assists
- Kyrie Irving - 30 points, four rebounds, three assists
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