McCollum leads Blazers to win
Guard CJ McCollum scored 23 of his 35 points in the fourth quarter as the Trail Blazers broke open a tight game to whip the Los Angeles Clippers 125-104 Tuesday night at Staples Center.
McCollum was 7 for 8 from the field and 4 for 4 from 3-point range in the final period as Portland (41-26) pulled away from the Clippers (39-30).
Damian Lillard and Jusuf Nurkic both scored 20 points — Lillard with 12 assists, Nurkic with a dozen rebounds — for the Blazers, who outscored L.A. 40-20 in the fourth quarter.
Montrezl Harrell came off the bench for 22 points for the Clippers.
The Clippers led 30-23 after one quarter, but Seth Curry's 3-point shot cut the margin to 35-32 early in the second quarter.
The Clippers extended their lead to 43-35, but the Blazers trimmed it to 52-50 at the half.
Portland assumed a 75-68 lead on a 3-pointer by Lillard midway through the third quarter. The Blazers took an 85-84 advantage into the final period.
McCollum, who missed his first six shots from the field and had only five points at halftime, scored 16 straight Portland points, the last of which gave the Blazers a 113-99 lead with 4:54 remaining.