PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- Trail Blazers rookie Damian Lillard says he saw Portland's victory over San Antonio coming, and not just during the course of the game.
"I think this whole week we've been locked in as a team. It had that feel," Lillard said. "Guys were excited to play."
Lillard scored a career-high 29 points in Portland's 98-90 win over the Spurs on Thursday night. It was the second consecutive loss for San Antonio, which has dropped just six games this season.
Lillard, the sixth pick in last June's NBA draft, added seven rebounds and six assists. He has scored at least 20 points in 13 games this season.
"I think I've had a few better games even though this is the most points I've scored," he said. "I think this was the best I've done in a game we really needed."
And that needed win came in a nationally televised game against the Spurs, who are second only to Oklahoma City in the Western Conference.