WATCH: Damian Lillard drops career-high in Portland win over Golden State

Lillard, who was snubbed from the All Star Game, drops 51 on the defending champions to lead the Trail Blazers to a 137-105 rout of the Warriors.

The Portland Trail Blazers had a rough 2015-16 NBA season, but Damian Lillard has emerged as the team’s alpha dog in their rebuilding season.

And on Friday night against the Golden State Warriors, Dame showed why he is the top man in Rose City, especially with his non-inclusion in the All Star Weekend in Toronto a week earlier.

Reigning league most valuable player Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson both admitted that it was Lillard’s night at the Rose Garden. Curry even admitted that they “deserved to lose” their first game back.

Against his hometown team, Lillard – an Oakland, California native – dropped a career-high 51 points on nine-for-12 shooting from three-point distance with seven assists, six steals, and no turnovers for the night. The Trail Blazers thrashed the Warriors, 137-105, in their first game back after the All Star break.

For this season, Dame averages 24.9 points and 7.3 assists – both career-high numbers thus far – to lead the Portland Trail Blazers.

Watch as Dame shows his All Star caliber form against the defending champions Golden State:

Photo courtesy of USA TODAY (via FOX Sports)

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