‘Playing Mortal Combat’: CJ McCollum in Awe of Damian Lillard’s Stunning Performance

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Both, the New Orleans Pelicans and Portland Trail Blazers, came face to face after winning their previous matchup just the previous day. However, looks like this back-to-back schedule did not suit the Pelicans and worked in favor of the Blazers. Portland ended up winning this matchup 126-124, as Damian Lillard displays another big performance with 43 points under his belt.

Damian Lillard is their cheat code

This comes after the Blazers crushed the Oklahoma City Thunder with a 115-104 win. Lillard also put up 31 points and 10 assists against them, sealing the deal. For this, his teammate Enes Kanter even described Lillard as the cheat code who can’t be guarded by anyone.

Once again, he proved what he can do as he finished the game against the Pelicans with a three-pointer with only 16.5 seconds left for the buzzer to go off. He had 11 of his points in the fourth quarter as was clutch with seven minutes left on the clock. This is their second straight game on the road, and Dame just doesn’t seem to get tired.

So, his other teammate CJ McCollum also took this opportunity to praise Lillard. After this game, he posted on Twitter, “40 piece with 16 dimes . Sheeeshhh . Back to back traveling on the day of the game. @Dame_Lillard really serving cheat code style like he playing mortal Kombat.”

The Pelicans almost had this game

This was the sixth consecutive victory for the Blazers, but the Pelicans gave them a tough time for it. Lillard had played for the entirety of the first quarter, but when he sat down for a few minutes in the second, the Pelicans took full advantage of it. They had taken a 45-43 lead thanks to Zion Williamson‘s elite scoring.

The final quarter was a power struggle with one team surpassing the other and vice versa. First JJ Redick gave New Orleans a 105-103 lead but when Lillard came off the bench, the Blazers regained their control. Then came a string of three-pointers from Lonzo Ball and Redick, and the score was 124-123 with less than 30 seconds left.

Jan 5, 2021; Portland, Oregon, USA; Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard (0) hits a shot over Chicago Bulls guard Garrett Temple (17) during the first half of the game at Moda Center. Mandatory Credit: Steve Dykes-USA TODAY Sports

They even had a last chance but Ball missed a three-pointer and Brandon Ingram threw an airball at the buzzer. However, Lillard making comebacks for them ensured this win. With his help, how much further can the Blazers pull themselves up in the West?

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