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Portland Trail Blazers point guard Damian Lillard passed Clyde Drexler as the franchise’s all-time leading scorer on Monday night against the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Drexler, a member of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, had 18,040 points in 867 games with the Trail Blazers from 1983-95. Lillard, 32, entered the night needing 21 to get ahead of himself.

In the third quarter, Lillard matched Drexler’s mark with a 3-pointer from far beyond the line that put the Trail Blazers up 72-67 with 1:33 left in the third quarter.

“It’s a great feeling to reach the top,” Lillard said. “That was my goal and the roster has a lot of players, a great history of our organization, so to finally be No. 1 is a special accomplishment that I’m proud of.”

Fans at the Paycom Center gave Lillard a standing ovation as the Thunder’s public address announcer informed the crowd of his success. Lillard then sat back and relaxed, focusing on a game the Trail Blazers were trailing by three points at the time.

He finished the night with 28 points on 9-for-17 shooting, including 6-of-12 from deep, with 3 rebounds and 6 assists. The Thunder beat the Blazers 123-121 with a Shai Gilgeous-Alexander buzzer-beater.

“Even in tonight’s game, I wasn’t playing focused on getting the record,” Lillard said. “I was playing, just trying to win. I knew it would happen eventually.”

Lillard, 32, was playing in his 730th career game for Portland, which selected him sixth overall in the 2012 draft out of Weber State. He made his debut with the team on October 31, 2012, in the game against the Lakers.

“Damian’s commitment to Portland is now matched by this prestigious career milestone,” Trail Blazers general manager Joe Cronin said in a statement. “His dedication, humility and hard work have been the pillars of his path to this moment. On behalf of the organization, we would like to congratulate Damian on this great achievement and look forward to many more.”

The six-time All-Star, who was selected to the NBA’s 75th Anniversary Team, was averaging 28.3 points per game this season before Monday, up from his career average of 24.7.

This report incorporated information from the Associated Press and Reuters.


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