Michael Wagaman of the Associated Press passed along comments from Lillard about why he didn’t ask head coach Terry Stotts for more playing time.
“I saw we were up 20, and I was like, ‘OK, if we keep this lead, there’s really no reason to go back in there,'” he said. “I’d rather have a 50 in 29 minutes with some character than go out there and chase 60. I feel like that’s bad karma.”
Lillard connected on 16 of his 26 shots from the field, including eight of 13 attempts from beyond the three-point line. He was also a perfect 10 of 10 from the free-throw stripe.
The 27-year-old Weber State product added six assists, three steals and a rebound as part of the dazzling display. Maurice Harkless was the team’s second-leading scorer, recording 15 points.
Kings head coach Dave Joerger joked about his squad’s inability to keep the dynamic point guard in check, per Wagaman: “We did a super job on [Lillard] in the fourth quarter.”
He will look to continue his hot shooting Sunday night, when the Blazers return to Moda Center to face the Utah Jazz.
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