Damian Lillard Named Western Conference Player of the Week

Lillard led NBA in scoring, Trail Blazers went 3-1 with wins at San Antonio, Atlanta and Miami

Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard has been named NBA Western Conference Player of the Week for the week ending March 19, the league announced today.                                           

Lillard led the NBA in scoring with 35.3 points (55.1% FG, 59.4% 3-PT) to go with 3.3 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 1.00 steal last week. He was a perfect 36-for-36 from the free throw line, and his 49 points March 19 at Miami marked a season high, while his nine 3-pointers tied a franchise best. In a win at San Antonio during the second night of a back-to-back on March 15, Lillard paced all scorers with 36 points.

His 49-point game at Miami are the most scored in the NBA on 21 field goal attempts or fewer since Amar’e Stoudemire in 2008. In the same game, Lillard became the first Trail Blazer to make 1,000 career 3-pointers.

The Trail Blazers went 3-1 on the week, with wins at San Antonio, Atlanta and Miami, to cap a 4-1 road trip and improve to 8-2 during the month of March.

Lillard, 26, is averaging 26.8 points, 4.8 rebounds and 5.8 assists on the season, and ranks fifth in the NBA in scoring. He is one of six NBA players with 1,500 points, 300 rebounds and 300 assists this season. 

This is the third NBA Player of the Week honor for Lillard, who also took home the award twice during the 2014-15 season.