Damian Lillard passes Clyde Drexler as Trail Blazers leading scorer

 | December 20, 2022

The point guard became the all-time leading scorer on Monday night.


The Portland Trail Blazers have a new all-time leading scorer after their Monday night game against the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Coming into the game, Damian Lillard needed just twenty-one points to move ahead of Clyde Drexler to take the top spot.

Lillard tied Drexler's total with a three-pointer in the third quarter that put the Trail Blazers up 72-67. He broke the record with a free throw shot with 1:33 left in the period.

Lillard said: “It's a great feeling to reach the top. It's been a goal of mine, and the list has so many players, great history of our organization, so to finally be No. 1 is a special accomplishment that I'm proud of.”

Lillard finished the night with 28 points, going 9-for-17 shooting, which included 6-of-12 from deep, to go along with three rebounds and six assists.

He continued: “Even during the game tonight, I wasn't playing focused on getting to the record. I was playing the game just trying to win. I knew it would happen eventually.”

Lillard first joined the team in 2012 and made his debut against the Los Angeles Lakers in October.

Trail Blazers General Manager Joe Cronin added: “Damian's commitment to Portland is now encapsulated with this prestigious career milestone.

“His dedication, humility and hard work have been pillars for his path to this very moment. On behalf of the organization, we would like to congratulate Damian on this great achievement and look forward to many more.”

This season, Lillard is averaging 28.3 points per game, up from his career average of 24.7.


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Ricky Gray

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