PORTLAND, Ore. – CJ McCollum scored a franchise-record 28 factors within the first quarter and completed with a career-high 50 by three intervals earlier than heading to the bench, and the Portland Path Blazers took benefit of the short-handed Chicago Bulls for a 124-108 victory Wednesday evening.
McCollum’s 28 factors within the opening quarter had been probably the most within the NBA this season. His ultimate tally was 9 factors shy of the crew document set by Damian Lillard final season.
Lillard additionally sat out the ultimate interval after including 13 factors and 7 assists for the Blazers, who led by as many as 29. It was Portland’s fourth straight win total, a season excessive, and the membership’s eighth in a row at house.
Zach LaVine had a season-best 23 factors in Chicago’s fifth consecutive loss.
Lauri Markkanen was not with the Bulls as a result of he was attending to a private difficulty, the crew stated. The rookie is averaging 15.Three factors and seven.7 rebounds per sport. Paul Zipser began in his place.
Kris Dunn, averaging 13.7 factors and 6.four assists, missed his sixth straight sport after a concussion.
The Bulls determined to take a seat ahead Nikola Mirotic whereas he reportedly seeks a commerce. Coach Fred Hoiberg stated earlier than the sport that the 6-foot-10 ahead remained again on the crew resort. In the meantime, rumors swirled that the Bulls had a take care of the Pelicans but it surely fell aside.
Portland shot 74 % within the first quarter paced by McCollum, who made 4 Three-pointers within the interval and completed with six for the sport.
Pat Connaughton’s Three-pointer put the Blazers up 54-28. McCollum punctuated the primary half with a dunk, and the Blazers went into the break with a 67-44 lead.
McCollum completed the half with 32 factors, one shy of Lillard’s franchise document.
After he sat down within the third quarter, McCollum smiled when the gang on the Moda Heart chanted “We wish CJ!”
Lillard went into the sport needing 25 factors to succeed in 10,000. He’ll be the seventh Blazers participant to succeed in the mark, becoming a member of Clyde Drexler, LaMarcus Aldridge, Terry Porter, Cliff Robinson, Jerome Kersey and Jim Paxson.
Portland was coming off a 104-96 victory over the Clippers at Staples Heart the evening earlier than.
The Bulls misplaced 110-96 at house to Milwaukee on Sunday.
Bulls: Markkanen might rejoin the crew on the street journey. … Robin Lopez was greeted by heat applause on the Moda Heart. Lopez was a fan favourite throughout his time with the Blazers from 2013-15.
Path Blazers: Wore their black “Metropolis” uniforms for the primary time. The uniforms function a plaid sample in a nod to Dr. Jack Ramsay, who coached the 1977 NBA championship crew and had a penchant for plaid. … McCollum’s big quarter surpassed the earlier crew document of 26 factors set by Lillard.
McCollum joined a gaggle of 50-point Blazers: Lillard, Damon Stoudamire, Brandon Roy, Andre Miller, Clyde Drexler and Geoff Petrie.
McCollum additionally joined Houston star James Harden as the one gamers with 50 factors in three quarters this season.
The Bulls play Saturday evening on the Los Angeles Clippers earlier than ending their three-game street journey at Sacramento.
The Path Blazers go to Toronto on Friday.
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