Lillard blazing away for Portland

Damian Lillard of the Trail Blazers drew high praise from LeBron of the Cavaliers on Thursday,

Damian Lillard has certainly been playing for the right team in regards to his level of play and squad’s nickname.

To say Portland’s All-Star guard has been blazing away would be an understatement.

Lillard, who scored the game-winning bucket on a driving layup with a second to play in the Blazers’ 106-104 victory at Phoenix on Sunday, has now scored 197 points over the course of his last five games. Lillard had 19 points in the fourth quarter alone in the win against the Suns. The only bad news was Lillard’s string of consecutive free throws made ended at 54.

According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the 197 points are the most by any NBA player over the course of a five-game span this season and the highest total over such a span in Trail Blazers history.

Included in his hot streak, Lillard has had games of 50, 44 and 40 points.

The previous high five-game total in the league this season was by James Harden, who scored 193 from Nov. 5-14.

Brandon Roy had held the mark for best in 48-season Trail Blazers history, scoring 182 points over a five-game span Dec. 9-18.

The Trail Blazers (34-26) sit in the fifth spot in the congested Western Conference standings, 1.5 games out of fourth, but also two games out of ninth.  Portland hosts Sacramento (18-41) on Tuesday night.