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Dame Time: Trail Blazers PG puts team on his back, scores 51 points in win over Sixers

One game after missing two key free throws in a loss to the Clippers, Lillard bounced back with a huge game to move Portland closer to the 8-seed.

Damian Lillard of the Portland Trail Blazers reacts to an official against the Philadelphia 76ers during the second quarter at Visa Athletic Center at ESPN Wide World Of Sports Complex on August 09, 2020 in Lake Buena Vista, Florida.  Pool Photo-USA TODAY Sports

I hope Patrick Beverley was watching this game. Damian Lillard redeemed himself after one of the least-clutch performances of his career. Dame scored 51 points to lead the Portland Trail Blazers to a comeback win over the Philadelphia 76ers on Sunday night, 124-121. Dame made sure to only miss one free throw this time. That is, in the entire game, going 15-of-16 from the line and 16-of-28 from the field.

The win was huge for the Blazers, who are only 0.5 games behind the Memphis Grizzlies for the 8-seed in the Western Conference. The race for who will compete in the play-in tournament is getting incredibly tight with the Suns and Spurs right behind Portland and Memphis. The last few games of the seeding round this week will be huge.

In DFS, Lillard ($10,000) really broke the slate open with 68.25 DKFP. He also added 7 assists and 3 rebounds to go with the 51 points. He got a little bit of help from Carmelo Anthony ($5,400), who had 20 points and 7 rebounds. Dame played 40 minutes, so he barely even got off the court. The Sixers almost held on for the win after C Joel Embiid left the game in the first half after just 6 minutes.