Damian Lillard exploded for 61 points against the Dallas Mavericks on Tuesday, as he led the Trailblazers to victory to keep their playoff hopes alive. After the game, Lillard shared with TNT’s Chris Haynes that their work was not done.
“It ain’t nothing I want more,” Lillard told Chris Haynes after the game. “I told you when I first came here, I ain’t come here to waste my time. They gave us a chance to get in like we asked for, and that’s what we’re here to do … our work ain’t done yet, but we’re fighting for it.”
He also stated that Thursday’s game against the Nets, is the most important game of their lives.
“That’s the most important game of our lives,” Lillard said. “Tonight was great. We said we need one win. We’re going to focus on one game. We got this one done, and that’s the most important one. We got to finish it out right. We’ve got to come out with the same mentality we had tonight, get the job done. We control our own destiny and we know what we’ve got to do.”
His teammate Carmelo Anthony said he had the best seat in the house during his post game “I had the best seat in the house, whenever somebody has it going like that all you can do is let him go,” according to AJ McCord.
Before the game, Mavericks head coach, Rick Carlisle stated that Lillard and Steph Curry have change the game with their long ranging shooting. The first shot he hit against us was a 36 foot jump shot with 10 on the shot clock. The range, the accuracy is just something else,” said Carlisle. “When you get guys like him and I mention Steph Curry and there are a few others that change the game. That is historic stuff and they are playing with a lot of purpose. Like everyone else they had close games and that helps prepare everybody for the playoffs.”
Lillard drilled another long ranch shot against the Mavs tonight, that seemed to be a dagger for Dallas down the stretch.
“When I let it go, I shot it real straight…so when it hit back rim and went straight up, I kept watching it.”
During the TNT post-game recap Miami Heat legend Dwyane Wade said he would pay top dollar to watch Lillard play.