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Damian Lillard Drops Career-High 71 Points In The adidas Dame 8 “Sakura”

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Those within Portland’s Moda Center last night bore witness to a spiritual basketball experience as Damian Lillard enacted a MasterClass against the Houston Rockets pouring in a career-high 71 points, becoming just the eighth player in NBA history to record 70 plus points in a single game. Pulling up for a myriad of logo 3’s and slicing his way around defenders within the key during the Blazer’s 17-point win, the historic evening featured a boastful co-star in the bright pink adidas Dame 8 “Sakura”.

adidas Basketball’s roster of signature athletes has been on an absolute tear this season, from James Harden averaging a career-high in assists to Donovan Mitchell dropping his own 71-piece on the second day of the New Year. On top of the brand’s recent launch of the “Remember Your Why” campaign at All-Star Weekend, Lillard’s historic night is yet another cherry on top for the German sportswear behemoth.

Often accompanying Lillard throughout his 11th NBA season, the lotus blossom-inspired pair engages in a striking arrangement of soft pastel pinks. Airing on the more titular side of his eighth signature silhouette’s roster of color blockings, a blissful gradient stretches across the Bounce Pro midsole concentrating at its forefoot in a “Chalk White” finish. Embroidering the mid-foot 3-Stripes in line with the pair’s premium aesthetics, floral graphics curtail the “DAME” heel branding and insoles while a staple semi-translucent closing is applied to the tread underfoot.

The mass amount of social media limelight cast on the pastel-flavored Dame 8 could lead to a re-release of the pair, similar to the brand discounting Donovan Mitchell’s footwear to $71 following his own career-high night. While we await a potential stateside release, enjoy official images of the adidas Dame 8 “Sakura” below in the meantime.

For more from the 3-Stripes, check out the recently unveiled adidas AVRYN.

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adidas Dame 8 "Sakura"
Release Date: 2023
Color: Clear Pink/Chalk White/Light Pink
Mens: $120 Style Code: GY2148

North America2023

Photos: NBAKicks