LOCALS IN THE NBA

Former Weber State Star Damian Lillard Carries Blazers To Postseason With Play-In Game Win

Aug 15, 2020, 3:38 PM | Updated: 11:15 pm

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – Former Weber State and current Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard helped the Blazers clinched the No. 8 seed and final playoff spot in the Western Conference with a play-in game victory against the Memphis Grizzlies.

Lillard and the Trail Blazers took down the Grizzlies 126-122 on Saturday, August 15.

The former Wildcats star scored a Portland-high 31 points on 6-15 shooting in the win. He shot 5-14 from three-point range and 14-14 from the free throw line. Lillard added 2 rebounds, 10 assists, and a steal in 45 minutes on the court.

Prior to the start of the league’s restart, Lillard spoke about his desire to play for a chance at postseason berth.

“Obviously, as players, we want to play, but we want to play for something — especially if we’re in position to play for that in the first place,” Lillard told ESPN in May.

Led by Lillard, the Blazers had four players score 20 points or more.

C.J. McCollum poured in 29 points.

Jusuf Nurkic recorded a double-double with 22 points and 21 rebounds.

Carmelo Anthony added 21 points.

Portland finished the game shooting 45.2 percent overall and 37.5 percent from downtown.

The Grizzlies were led by rookie guard Ja Morant’s career-high 35 points.

With the win, the Blazers clinched a postseason berth for the seventh consecutive season. Portland will play the West’s No. 1 seed Los Angeles Lakers during the first round of the NBA Playoffs.

The Blazers and Lakers will open their series on Tuesday, August 18 at 7 p.m. (MDT). The game will broadcast on TNT.

Locals in the NBA

Justin Bean - Utah State Aggies...
Kyle Ireland and Trevor Allen, KSL Sports

Former USU Forward Justin Bean Signs Training Camp Deal With Grizzlies

Former Utah State standout Justin Bean signed a training camp deal with the Memphis Grizzlies ahead of the 2022 NBA season.
2 days ago
Sam Merrill - Memphis Grizzlies...
Brian Preece

Report: Utah State & Bountiful Great Sam Merrill Finds New NBA Home

After being released by the Memphis Grizzlies in January, Sam Merrill has reportedly reached a deal with the Sacramento Kings.
1 month ago
Brandon Taylor #11 of the Utah Utes passes past Chase Fischer #1 of the Brigham Young Cougars in th...
Michelle Bodkin

Former, Current Runnin’ Utes Rally For Good Causes

The Runnin' Utes family, former and current, have been living that mantra the past few days giving back to the Salt Lake community through former Ute Brandon Taylor's basketball camp and charity showcase.
2 months ago
Kyle Kuzma - Washington Wizards...
Michelle Bodkin

Kyle Kuzma, Delon Wright Team Up On Winning Shot

Kyle Kuzma and Delon Wright teamed up on the game winning shot for the Powder League's Charity Showcase that benefitted Utah Foster Care Tuesday night.
2 months ago
Brandon Taylor #11 of the Utah Utes passes past Chase Fischer #1 of the Brigham Young Cougars in th...
Michelle Bodkin

Powder League, Brandon Taylor Teaming Up For Charity Showcase

Former Runnin' Ute Brandon Taylor is back in town playing for the Powder League this summer and together they are teaming up for a Charity Showcase to benefit Utah Foster Care on August 9th.
2 months ago
weber-state-guard-dallas-mavericks-jerrick-harding (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)...
Trevor Allen

Six Locals In The NBA Wrap Up Summer League Action

The NBA Summer League in Las Vegas has concluded with six locals participating with five different teams from around the league.
2 months ago
Former Weber State Star Damian Lillard Carries Blazers To Postseason With Play-In Game Win