PORTLAND (ABC 4 Sports) - Oscar Robertson did it. So did Isiah Thomas. They were the only two players in NBA history to record at least 20 points and 10 assists in their first NBA game.
You can now add former Weber State star Damian Lillard to the list.
In his first NBA game last night with the Portland Trailblazers, the former Weber State star had 23 points and 11 assists in the Blazers' 116-106 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers.
“I felt real comfortable,” Lillard said. “It’s a lot easier when L.A. is making shots, Wes is making shots and Nic is making shots. I gotta give credit to them, they made shots, and it made it easier for me.”
“Damian played well,” Blazers coach Terry Stotts said. “On the whole, for his outing, for him to have 23 and 11 in a game like this; it was pretty impressive.”
Lillard, the 6th overall pick in the NBA Draft, made 7 of 17 shots and all eight of his free throw attempts.
He didn't realize exactly what he had accomplished until after the game.
"One of our P.R. people told me, and when he first told me I didn't know what he was talking about," Lillard said. "I thought he was talking about Isiah Thomas from the Kings. But then somebody tweeted it to me and I saw what it was, and I was like, 'that's cool.'"