Damian Lillard gave 59-point ball to Joe Johnson, who eclipsed 20,000 points

Damian Lillard

Portland Trail Blazers superstar guard Damian Lillard had a huge game Saturday night, scoring 59 points against the Utah Jazz. It was a career-high mark for Lillard, who not surprisingly received the game ball after helping Portland take down Utah, 101-86.

However, another player hit a milestone on Saturday night — Jazz forward Joe Johnson eclipsed the 20,000 points mark on his career. With 20,006 all-time points in his NBA career, Johnson is now the No. 42-ranked player in the history of the Association in points scored.

Out of respect for Johnson, Lillard gave him his game ball.

That’s just a classy gesture by the young man, showing respect to a veteran who has been doing big things in the NBA for a long time. Of course, that Lillard has a big heart is something we already knew.