Instant Replay: Damian Lillard Buries Half-Court Shot During NBA All-Star Game
SALT LAKE CITY – Former Weber State and current Portland Trail Blazers star guard Damian Lillard knocked down a half-court shot during the 2023 NBA All-Star Game.
The NBA All-Star Game took place at Vivint Arena on Sunday, February 19.
With a little over four minutes remaining in the third quarter, the former Wildcat standout pulled up from the backcourt and buried a deep triple.
Damian Lillard pulls up from WELL BEYOND half court and finds nothing but the bottom of the net.
Insane range from the @WeberStateMBB superstar. #NBAAllStar pic.twitter.com/HDzobvypbA
— KSL Sports (@kslsports) February 20, 2023
At the end of the third quarter, Lillard and Team Giannis led Team LeBron, 158-141. During his first 18 minutes on the hardwood, Lillard had 23 points on 8-17 shooting, including 7-16 from beyond the arc. He added two rebounds, three assists, and two steals while recording a plus-seven rating.
This season, the former Weber State star is averaging 31.4 points per contest on 46.7 percent shooting, including 37.2 percent from downtown, for the Trail Blazers.
A day before the All-Star Game, Lillard captured the league’s three-point crown by winning the Starry 3-Point Contest. He scored 26 points in both the first and final rounds of the event.
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The NBA All-Star Game is televised on TNT and TBS.
DAME FROM HALFCOURT 😱#NBAAllStar pic.twitter.com/oG4i8Msjda
— NBA on TNT (@NBAonTNT) February 20, 2023
About Damian Lillard
Before his time as a professional, Lillard was a standout player for the Weber State men’s basketball team. He left Weber State as the program’s second-leading scorer all-time.
Lillard played for the Wildcats from 2008-12.
He scored 1,934 points during his time as a Wildcat. His jersey was retired by the university in 2017.
Lillard was drafted by Portland with the 6th overall pick in the 2012 NBA Draft.
Last season, Lillard was recognized as one of the NBA’s 75 greatest players in history. He was honored during halftime of the league’s 2022 All-Star Game.
He’s played his entire professional career in Portland.