Portland Trail Blazers forward LaMarcus Aldridge made history this week with two consecutive games of 40-plus points in the first round of the NBA playoffs.
Until this week, the 28-year-old NBA star had never scored 40 or more points in 298 career road games. But in the Blazers’ 122-20 Game 1 victory over the Rockets, he put on a 46-point performance. Then, he did it again during Game 2, putting in 43.
The performance puts Aldridge in the NBA history books alongside some elite company… in Michael Jordan. With the scoring clinic, he became first player with 80+ points and 15+ rebounds in a team’s first two playoff games since Michael Jordan (April 25-27, 1997).
He also joined Kobe Bryant and LeBron James as the only active players to score 40 or more in consecutive playoff games. He also became just the third player in league history (after Jordan and Tracy McGrady) to put up 40-plus in Games 1 and 2 on the road.