Damian Lillard Wins 2013 Taco Bell Skills Challenge At All-Star Weekend

Trail Blazers rookie bests NBA’s top guards

Damian Lillard Wins 2013 Taco Bell Skills Challenge At All-Star Weekend
PORTLAND, Ore. (February 16, 2013) – Portland Trail Blazers rookie guard Damian Lillard won the Taco Bell Skills Challenge during State Farm All-Star Saturday Night.

The event challenges the NBA’s top guards to work against the clock in a series of passes, free throws, layups and agility drills.

Lillard posted the best time of the night, 28.8 seconds, in the first round to advance to the finals. He then defeated Philadelphia’s Jrue Holiday with a time of 29.8 seconds to take the crown.

“I think the biggest thing for me was to try not to be too cool and speed through it, but take my time with the passes and shots,” Lillard said after the competition. “And when I'm making a pass, I basically try not to run away before it goes in so I don't waste time.”

Portland’s 6-3 guard ranks 19th in the NBA in scoring (18.3), 14th in assists (6.5), tied for eighth in 3-pointers made (116) and his 25 games of 20-plus points rank tied for 13th in the NBA. A product of Weber State, Lillard was drafted No. 6 overall by the Trail Blazers in the 2012 NBA Draft.

The three-time Kia NBA Western Conference Rookie of the Month also participated in the BBVA Rising Stars Challenge on Friday, finishing with 18 points, three rebounds, five assists and two steals in a game-high 28 minutes. His 18 points tied LaMarcus Aldridge (2008) for the most by a Trail Blazer in any rookie/sophomore game at All-Star Weekend.