Trail Blazers rookie point guard Damian Lillard
scored a career-high 37 points in a 103-97 loss to the Golden State Warriors
at Oracle Arena. It was the first time Lillard, who grew up in Oakland, had played in front of his his hometown crowd since being selected by Portland with the No. 6 pick in the 2012 NBA Draft.
Here's what Lillard, his teammates and the Warriors had to say about his performance.
, Trail Blazers Point Guard
“It was great to see a lot of familiar faces out there. There were a lot of people that I grew up with and came across when I was growing up as a kid in Oakland. To see them and have them and have them come out and support me, it felt good to see that I had impacted people growing up.”
“It’s bittersweet because everything I did was for us to win games. I got caught up in competing and trying to win the game so like I said, it was bittersweet.”
“I think we were flat as a team. I just started to make some shots. I think everybody played hard on the defensive end. The Warriors run around and they can shoot the ball really well. The whole team put forth the effort. I just happened to start making shots and my teammates just kept coming to me. It could have been anyone who got hot tonight, but it just happened to be me.”
Terry Stotts, Trail Blazers Head Coach
“I’ve been around a while, I’ve seen Ray Allen go off and Dirk [Nowitzki] go off. I haven’t seen a rookie go off, that’s for sure, but I don’t know if I’ve seen 29 [in one half] in person. It was a special performance.”
Mark Jackson, Warriors Head Coach
“He’s a heck of a basketball player no matter where he is. It’s great to see it because of the way he conducts himself and the way he plays - great poise. He’s going to be around for a long time. We’re going to have to deal with him. A great performance by him.”
Wesley Matthews, Trail Blazers Guard
"If Damian didn’t get hot then the game would have been over with a lot earlier. Damian played his butt off here at home. We played hard tonight, but we just didn’t have it tonight offensively.”
Stephen Curry, Warriors Point Guard
“He has talent. He’s probably going to be Rookie of the Year and he showed a lot tonight. I look forward to playing him again, hopefully we stop him.”