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Damian Lillard Named Kia Western Conference Rookie Of The Month For January

02/04/13
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    Trail Blazers guard led all rookies in scoring, assists, minutes and 3-pointers made for the month
     
    PORTLAND, Ore. – Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard was named Kia NBA Western Conference Rookie of the Month for January, it was announced today by the NBA.
     
    Lillard, 22, paced all rookies with 17.7 points, 6.8 assists, 39.5 minutes and 35 3-pointers made to go with 3.4 rebounds and 1.06 steals for the month.
     
    The 6-foot-3 point guard has now earned Kia NBA Western Conference Rookie of the Month honors in all three months of the season. He joins Brandon Roy (January, February and March 2007) as the only Trail Blazers in franchise history to win the award three times.
     
    Lillard tallied a career-high 37 points Jan. 11 at Golden State, going 7-for-12 from 3-point range to become just the fourth rookie in NBA history to count 37 points and seven 3-pointers in a game.

    His eight games of 20 points and eight assists rank seventh among NBA players this season.
     
    The Weber State product holds season averages of 18.1 points, 3.3 rebounds, a team-high 6.5 assists and 1.04 steals in 38.4 minutes. Portland selected him with the sixth overall pick in the 2012 NBA Draft.

    Washington’s Bradley Beal earned Kia NBA Eastern Conference Rookie of the Month honors.

    Kia, a proud partner of the Portland Trail Blazers, will present Lillard with the Kia NBA Western Conference Rookie of the Month award later this month.

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