CJ McCollum of Portland Trail Blazers scores 50 points in three quarters of play in win over Chicago Bulls


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.

He becomes the first player to reach 50 points in under 30 minutes since Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson reached 60 points in 29 minutes against the Indiana Pacers on Dec. 5, 2016.

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.”

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