McCollum had 28 points alone in the first quarter. Entering Wednesday’s game, he had scored more than 28 points total in 30 of his 309 career games.
“The guys did a good job of getting me open,” McCollum told reporters afterward. “I had some good looks early in motion offense. I was able to hit some pull-ups and 3s. Once I saw the ball go in, I knew it was going to be a good night.”
It was McCollum’s first career 50-point game; he finished 18-for-25 from the field. It was the 10th 50-point performance in Blazers history.
His last two points on the night came on free throws; he was 8-for-8 from the line.
“I tried to draw some contact. Once I got to the line, a couple of teammates told me, ‘Don’t choke and go be great,'” McCollum said. “Once the first one went in, I knew the second one would go in based on repetition.”