Jamal Crawford praises Damian Lillard after Blazers beat Clippers

Damian Lillard

Damian Lillard/Photo courtesy of Portland Trail Blazers


After rather poor showings in Games 1 and 2 against the Clippers, Portland guards Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum really came through for the Portland Trail Blazers on Saturday in their 96-88 Game 3 victory over the Clippers.

Lillard scored 32 points on 10 of 20 shooting, McCollum had 27 points on 11 of 22 from the field. Lillard did have five turnovers. But he got off to a hot start, scoring 12 of his points in the first quarter.

Clippers sixth-man Jamal Crawford had high praise for Lillard.

“His leadership for them really set the tone, I thought,” Crawford said. “He was taking charges, he was all over the place, flying all over the court. But him being very aggressive early definitely set the tone for them and the rest of the team followed.”