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Damian Lillard Named Kia NBA Western Conference Rookie Of The Month For March

04/05/13
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    Trail Blazers guard led all rookies in scoring, assists, field goals, 3-pointers, and free throws made for the month

    PORTLAND, Ore. – Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard was named Kia NBA Western Conference Rookie of the Month for March, it was announced today by the NBA.

    Lillard, 22, paced all rookies with 21.3 points, 6.8 assists, 119 field goals, 42 3-pointers and 61 free throws made to go with 2.9 rebounds for the month. His 21.3 points per game in March marked a season high.

    The 6-foot-3 point guard has now earned Kia NBA Western Conference Rookie of the Month honors in all five months of the season, becoming the first player in franchise history to win the award at least four times, and the first NBA player to sweep the award for the first five months of the season since Blake Griffin in 2010-11.

    Lillard became one of four rookies in NBA history last month to record at least 1390 points and 475 assists in a season, joining Oscar Robertson, Michael Jordan and Allen Iverson. On March 8 at San Antonio, he became the first rookie to record 35 points and nine assists without a turnover since turnovers became a stat in 1978-79.

    On March 31, Lillard tied the NBA rookie record for 3-pointers made in a season with 166 (Stephen Curry), a number he has since broken.

    The Weber State product holds season averages of 19.0 points, 3.2 rebounds and a team-high 6.5 assists in 38.5 minutes. Portland selected him with the sixth overall pick in the 2012 NBA Draft.

    Toronto’s Jonas Valanciunas earned Kia NBA Eastern Conference Rookie of the Month honors.

    Kia, a proud partner of the Portland Trail Blazers, will present Lillard with the Kia NBA Western Conference Rookie of the Month award later this month.

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