Coming off a nail biter loss to the Los Angeles Clippers, Damian Lillard responded with a 51 point outing against the Philadelphia 76ers. The clutch performance from the All-Star guard puts the Portland Trailblazers a half-game behind the Memphis Grizzlies for the 8th seed in the Playoffs.

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Lillard’s 51 points were aided by Carmelo Anthony’s strong 20 point game with C.J. McCollum chipping in 16 points. The Sixers were without All-Star Guard Ben Simmons who is set to undergo surgery for a knee injury he suffered last week. Joel Embiid left Sunday’s game in the first quarter suffering an ankle injury.

The Blazers win over the Sixers not only puts them a half-game behind the Grizzlies, but they also eliminated the Sacramento Kings and the New Orleans Pelicans from Playoff contention.