There’s Dame Time, and then there’s Dame Time in bold and italics.
This was the latter.
Portland superstar Damian Lillard put up 41 points in the opening half against Houston on Monday (AEDT) and finished with 71, stunning the NBA world.
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He became the seventh player in NBA history to score 70-plus points, joining Wilt Chamberlain, Kobe Bryant, David Thompson, Donovan Mitchell and Elgin Baylor.
Mitchell scored exactly 71 points as well for the Cavaliers earlier this year.
Lillard went 13 of 19 shooting in the first half with eight threes, matching the highest halftime score of any player since Kobe Bryant’s 42 on March 28, 2003.
He finished going 22 of 38 shooting including 13 of 22 from three-point range and…