“Now I’m gunning for Clyde.”
That’s what Damian Lillard had to say after the Trail Blazers’ 122-110 win against the New Orleans Pelicans, in which he surpassed LaMarcus Aldridge and became the second highest scoring Blazer of all time.
The moment happened at the 3:54 mark in the second quarter. Taking the ball down the court, Lillard dipped behind a high screen from Zach Collins and sinked a deep three.
Aldridge took to twitter to congratulate Lillard, writing “Congrats @Dame_Lillard.” In his nine seasons with Portland Aldrigde racked up 12,562 points.
Lillard, who finished the night with 24 points, has scored 12,584 in six and half seasons.
Lillard is now 5,456 shy of Clyde Drexler, who reached 18,040 points in his 12 seasons with the Blazers.
In the past three years Lillard has averaged roughly 2,000 points throughout the season. Depending on how deep Portland’s playoff run is, Lillard should add another 600-1,000 points to his tally.
This would put Lillard on track to become the all-time scoring leader for the franchise some time in his tenth season.
In the meantime, Lillard and the Blazers continue fighting for home court advantage, currently fourth in the West, half a game behind the Houston Rockets.