There were many excellent candidates for SCIC’s Performance of the Week award this week.
Miami Heat forward LeBron James, Los Angeles Clippers‘ point guard Chris Paul and Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant are the three best players in the league and will likely be in the running for this award every single week.
This week, the award goes to Portland Trail Blazers‘ point guard Damian Lillard.
Lillard had one of the biggest weeks of his career, not only statistically, but in terms of timely shooting – Lillard hit game-winning baskets in both of the Trail Blazers’ victories.
On Sunday night, in a 111-109 victory over the Detroit Pistons, Lillard had a rough night shoot, going just six-of-21 from the floor, but the second-year star still managed to pour in 23 points, including possibly the biggest shot of his career. With the game tied at 109, Lillard took the ball and got into the lane, hitting a spinning, fadeaway jump shot with .01 seconds to go, giving the Blazers the win.
In total, Lillard scored eight points in the extra fame. He also dished out seven assists, had three steals and grabbed two rebounds.
On Tuesday, Lillard struck again. The Blazers were dead locked with the Cleveland Cavaliers when Lillard again got the ball in the final minutes. Lillard took the inbounds pass and took a long three-pointer that fell, giving the Trail Blazers a 119-116 win.
In the game, Lillard scored 36 points, dished out 10 assists and had rebounds.
Lillard and the Blazers played their worst half, falling behind the Minnesota Timberwolves by 26 points at the half. At one point, they trailed by 32. In the second half, the Trail Blazers battled back, cutting the lead to five with under a minute to play.
Lillard sparked the comeback, scoring 17 third quarter points.
However, the deficit ultimately proved to be too large and the Timberwolves held off the Trail Blazers for a 120-109 victory.
Over the week, Lillard averaged 31.7 points and 7.7 assists per game.
On the season, Lillard is putting up 21.3 points, 5.9 assists and 3.7 rebounds per game, helping the Trail Blazers to a 22-5 record.