McCollum scores 32, drives Blazers over Bulls 124-120 in OT

CHICAGO — If C.J. McCollum finds a shot he loves, he won’t delay to take it.

McCollum demonstrated it Monday night when he scored 25 of his 32 focuses after halftime, incorporating the tiebreaking crate with 56.5 seconds staying in extra minutes, and the Portland Trail Blazers beat the Chicago Bulls 124-120.

“I simply attempted to make plays,” McCollum said. “On the off chance that I can get a decent shot, take it. If not, make the correct play. I think folks completed an incredible activity of making the amusement simpler for me. On the off chance that I can get 30 great shots, I’ll take 30 more. In the event that I can get 40 great shots … I’ll take 40.”

Al-Farouq Aminu included a season-high 24 focuses and Evan Turner likewise had his season best with 22 for Portland, which was without driving scorer Damian Lilliard for a fifth straight amusement.

Kris Dunn scored 22 focuses and Nikola Mirotic had 18 focuses off the seat for Chicago, which blew a late lead for a moment straight diversion. The Bulls lost for just the fourth time in 14 diversions since Mirotic came back to the lineup.

In spite of the fact that he missed his initial seven shots, McCollum was significant as Portland encouraged from a six-point deficiency in the last 2 1/2 minutes of the final quarter. McCollum scored the last four indicates in direction tie the score at 112 and replied after Lauri Markannen, who completed with 19 focuses, made a jumper from the corner that tied it at 120 with 1:14 remaining in extra minutes.

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McCollum at that point made his short floater and included a couple recently free tosses.

“(McCollum) is a shooter, he’s a scorer and you must have that attitude,” Portland mentor Terry Stotts said. “What I was satisfied most about with C.J. was his helps.

“In the final quarter and additional time he used sound judgment.”

Driven by Mirotic and Bobby Portis, the Bulls’ seat helped them conquer a drowsy begin. Each had nine focuses in a moment quarter in which Chicago’s stores outscored Portland’s 18-7.

Be that as it may, both were on the seat for the last 7 1/2 minutes of the final quarter and all of additional time. Portis completed with 14 focuses, seven bounce back and four helps.

“I just idea with (Jusuf) Nurkic out there we needed to figure out how to keep him off the glass,” Bulls mentor Fred Hoiberg said. “He’s too enormous and solid out there. I felt like we required Robin (Lopez), who likewise was playing admirably.”

“The most recent two evenings we haven’t taken care of business. It harms, it stings, particularly in the wake of having the seven out of a column where we did finish off a considerable measure of those nearby amusements.”


Pioneers: Lillard missed his fifth straight amusement with a correct hamstring strain. Anticipated that would be a diversion time choice, Lillard, who hasn’t played since Dec. 20, was precluded early. Stotts isn’t sure if Lillard would play on Tuesday at Cleveland.

“At the point when he’s prepared, he’ll be prepared, however it’s difficult to state,” Stotts said.

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Bulls: Zach LaVine’s “preparation camp” has gone well up until this point, as indicated by Hoiberg. Falling off February surgery to repair a torn ACL in his left knee, LaVine is part of the way through an extend of six sequential days of full-contact rehearses. “He’s sore, of course,” Hoiberg said. “He’s in preparing camp mode at this moment, however he’s taking care of the workload well and that is the critical thing.”


With Lillard’s 25-call attention to out of the lineup, Aminu’s hostile yield was basic. He made 5-of-6 3-pointers and scored 17 focuses after halftime. The Blazers’ 14 3-pointers were tied for the group’s second-most made this season. They made 18 of every a Dec. 9 misfortune at Houston.

“It was beneficial for us to have a hostile night,” Stotts said. “We required each one of (Aminu’s) 3s.”


Turner, who experienced childhood in adjacent Oak Park, Illinois, took advantage of his one excursion to Chicago this season. He scored 14 first-half focuses and furthermore hit a 3-pointer to open the scoring in extra time.

“As far back as he had his first buck, I was stating, ‘E.T’s. home. He’s at the den,'” the Blazers’ Pat Connaughton said. “He propped it up.”


Pioneers: At the Cleveland Cavaliers on Tuesday night.

Bulls: Host the Toronto Raptors on Wednesday night.

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