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Damian Lillard's Historic Start Continues in Win over Rockets

PHOENIX, AZ - OCTOBER 12:  Damian Lillard #0 of the Portland Trail Blazers during the preseason NBA game against the Phoenix Suns at US Airways Center on October 12, 2012 in Phoenix, Arizona.  The Suns defeated the Trail Blazers 104-93. 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 Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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Jordan BallCorrespondent INovember 4, 2012

When the Portland Trailblazers' used their sixth overall pick in this year's draft on Weber State's Damian Lillard, they knew they were getting an outstanding player. 

But even they would be lying if they said they thought he would be this good. 

Off to a 2-1 start, the Blazers owe a lot of their success to their rookie point guard. 

In his NBA debut against the Lakers, Lillard lit the basketball world on fire with his 23-point, 11-assist outburst that included two game-clinching plays in the final minute.  

With that performance, he joined Oscar Robertson and Isaiah Thomas as the only three players in NBA history to reach the 20-point, 10-assist mark in their first professional games.

For an encore against the defending Western Conference champion OKC Thunder, Lillard became only the third player to reach 20-points and seven-plus assists in his first two games along with Robertson and the reigning MVP, LeBron James.

And as if his amazing start could get any more ridiculous, Damian Lillard saved perhaps his best performance for his third game against the red-hot Houston Rockets

In the midst of handing the new-look Rockets their first loss, Lillard scored a total of 20 points, eight of them coming in overtime. The rookie also handed out nine assists while bringing in six rebounds and shooting 3-of-6 from deep. 

This trifecta of big games has put him beside only, you guessed it, "The Big O" himself, Oscar Robertson, as the only two players in league history to reach 20-plus points and seven-plus assists in their first three games.

If Lillard keeps finding himself in the company of Robertson, then Trailblazers fans will be happy for a long, long time. But even if he does eventually stray off this legendary path, something tells me everyone who watches this young man play will be just as satisfied at the end of the day. 

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