Blazers’ Damian Lillard Surpasses Kobe Bryant, Moves Closer to Michael Jordan in Spectacular NBA Record

Published 03/05/2021, 10:30 AM EST
Jan 30, 2021; Chicago, Illinois, USA; Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard (0) celebrates after making the game winning three point basket at the buzzer against the Chicago Bulls during the second half at United Center. Mandatory Credit: David Banks-USA TODAY Sports


Damian Lillard is one of the best players in the NBA today. The Portland Trail Blazers guard has proven, on several occasions, that he is a dangerous man. Lillard has a tendency to make shots when his team needs it most. Currently, Lillard is on a hot streak, and is playing at a high level this season. And now, he is close to surpassing Michael Jordan in this incredible feat.

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Damian Lillard close to Michael Jordan

Damian Lillard scored 40 points in his game against the Kings, with no turnovers. He has now had 5 games with 40+ points and no turnovers, the third-most in NBA history. He is now only behind Anthony Davis and Michael Jordan on this list; the latter had 14 games like this throughout his entire career. It would be a safe bet to expect Lillard to at least come close to him.

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Damian Lillard scored 44 points and committed no turnovers in the win vs the Kings.

That's his 5th career 40-point game with 0 turnovers, tied for 3rd-most since individual turnovers were first tracked in 1977-78. pic.twitter.com/qCV5bpXCZB

— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) March 5, 2021

Lillard surpassed such NBA greats as Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O’Neal in the number of games he has had 40+ points and 0 turnovers. Given the number of years these two legends played in the NBA, it is truly an impressive accomplishment. And given how lethal a scorer Lillard is, it is very possible for him to continue having games like these.

This season, Damian Lillard has been fantastic. Currently, he is averaging 29 points and 8 assists per game. For the year, Lillard is currently an MVP contender and earned yet another All-Star nomination for his career. Lillard is considered one of the frontrunners for the MVP race along with LeBron James and Joel Embiid. If he can help the Blazers to the playoffs, he has a strong chance to win the prestigious individual accolade.

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Jan 5, 2021; Portland, Oregon, USA; Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard (0) hits a shot over Chicago Bulls guard Garrett Temple (17) during the first half of the game at Moda Center. Mandatory Credit: Steve Dykes-USA TODAY Sports

Lillard is one of the most clutch players in the NBA today. His ability to make important shots during the dying moments of the game is unlike we have seen before. Lillard is also a solid three-point shooter, averaging close to 38% this season. Whenever the game is on the line and the Trail Blazers need a hero, Lillard steps up without fail.

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Can Damian Lillard win the MVP this season? He is currently on an excellent run, despite the Trail Blazers missing several stars due to injury. However, he will surely improve when CJ McCollum and Jusuf Nurkic make their respective returns from injury. Lillard will hope to lead the Trail Blazers to the playoffs this season.

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Aaditya Krishnamurthy

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Aaditya Krishnamurthy is an NBA & NFL journalist for EssentiallySports, before which he worked at BusinessWorld magazine. He has been a fan of Basketball for over 10 years now, since Shaquille O’Neal was a Phoenix Suns player. During his time at Symbiosis School for Liberal Arts, he started a sports magazine for the college called the Overtime Tribune and hosted the Overtime Tribune Podcast until he graduated.

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