Lillard leapfrogged former teammate LaMarcus Aldridge, who the Blazers will face on Saturday night in San Antonio, after knocking down a three-pointer with 3:54 left in the second quarter against the New Orleans Pelicans. With the triple, Lillard reached 12,565 points. He finished with 24 points on Friday night to bring his career total to 12,584.
Aldridge, who took to Twitter to congratulate Lillard on the achievement, amassed 12,562 points during his nine seasons with Portland.
Lillard, who began the season fourth on the list, surpassed franchise great Terry Porter for third place in November and three months later has secured the second spot in his 536th game. The seventh-year pro and four-time All-Star now sits behind only Clyde Drexler, who poured in 18,040 points in 12 seasons with the Blazers.
“My thing is, I want to be the best Trail Blazer period, the best Blazer ever,” Lillard told The Oregonian/OregonLive’s Joe Freeman back in November. “I want to be the best player that’s come through here, that’s had the most impact. And when I say it, of course I want to be the all-time leading scorer, all-time leader in assists. I want to win a championship. But, also, I want to make the biggest impact to the city period. I think that’s what can make you the best Trail Blazer ever. Somebody will always come along down the road and beat your numbers, pass you up on this, pass you up on that. But you can’t replace the impact that you have on people and the city.”
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