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D’Angelo Russell (52), Damian Lillard (60) both scored 50-plus points in a loss

The NBA had a bit of everything from buzzer-beaters to triples-doubles, but none was more impressing than the career-highs set cross the league. For instance, the performances of D’Angelo Russell (52 points) and Damian Lillard (60 points; 19-33 FGs, 7-16 3Ps, 15-15 FTs).

This marked the second time in league history that two players scored 50 or more points in a losing effort on the same night. The last time this happened was on April 9, 1978, when David Thompson (Denver) scored 73 points in a loss to the Pistons, and George Gervin (San Antonio) recorded 63 in a loss to the Jazz.

Lillard’s 60 points set a new career-high that eclipsed his original Blazers’ franchise record of 59 in 2017. He joins Devin Booker, James Harden, LeBron James, Klay Thompson and Kemba Walker as the only active players with 60-point games.

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