CJ McCollum gives unexpected answer when asked about career-night

Casey Dawson
February 3, 2018

Trail Blazers guard CJ McCollum scored 50 points in three quarters of play in Portland's 124-108 rout of the Chicago Bulls on Wednesday night. "And then Ed [Davis] was like, 'No, you need 50.' And [Lillard] was like, 'Get 50.' So I was like, 'OK, I'll get 50 if you guys want me to"'. "It's frustrating. I put a lot of work into it". Damian Lillard led the way with 28 points and seven assists, while Jusuf Nurkic added 14 points and 20 boards.

The Portland Trail Blazers look to stay hot after winning seven of their last eight games.

On the heels of an 11-5 record in the month of January, Blazers coach Terry Stotts was named the NBA's Western Conference Coach of the Month.

The Raptors were without forward-guard C.J. Miles, who missed his second straight game with a sore right knee, and reserve point guard Fred VanVleet, who stayed in Toronto to help with his newborn daughter. "That's kind of been the story of these slow starts, letting teams get comfortable and in a rhythm", Hoiberg said. He finished 18-for-25 from the field before sitting out the fourth quarter.

Portland was coming off a 104-96 victory over the Clippers at Staples Center the night before.

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However, their streak has been a fairly easy road and the true test comes with this road trip. Robin Lopez was greeted by warm applause at the Moda Center.

The Bulls are trying to rebound after their 110-96 loss to the Milwaukee Bucks in their last game.

Stotts previously won the award in November 2013, December 2014, February 2016 and March 2017, joining Rick Adelman (3), Nate McMillan (3), Mike Dunleavy (2), Jack Ramsay and Mike Schuler as Trail Blazers head coaches who have taken home the honor. The uniforms feature a plaid pattern in a nod to Dr. Jack Ramsay, who coached the 1977 National Basketball Association championship team and had a penchant for plaid. McCollum had 50 points as Portland carried a 102-75 lead into the fourth quarter.

He finished with a with a career-high 50 points in just three quarters of action, becoming just the second player in the shot clock era to score 50 points in less than 30 minutes of play (29 minutes).

"Too risky", he said. Now at 18-33, they are now just three game ahead of the Hawks for the worst record in the league.

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