While the Blazers have fallen out of the playoff race down the stretch, Damian Lillard has continued to pour in big performances. None was more impressive than his 35-point outburst in a shocking 136-106 thrashing of the San Antonio Spurs. And no, this wasn't one of the games Spurs' head coach Gregg Popovich rested his best players.
Lillard and his Blazers were just that good.
While Lillard has shown he can score the basketball in multiple ways, the Blazers are most dangerous when Lillard is also getting to the line. Against the Spurs, he was extremely aggressive finishing with multiple layups and eight free-throw attempts.
While Lillard killed the Spurs with his scoring ability, he was also incredibly smart with his play. He finished the game with nine assists and no turnovers.
It's hard to beat a team when their point guard is scoring at will and isn't giving away the ball.