Blazers guards score big in win
Things are getting back to normal for the Trail Blazers.
With their NBA exhibition schedule winding down, the backcourt duo of Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum is heating up.
As is often the case during the regular season, the pairing dominated the team's scoring on Wednesday night to lead Portland to a 126-118 victory over the Utah Jazz at Salt Lake City.
McCollum scored a game-high 28 points, and Lillard had 25. Each played 29 minutes. They outpointed Utah star guards Donovan Mitchell (27) and Mike Conley Jr. (20).
Some big men were third fiddles for both clubs. For Portland, Zach Collins finished with 13 points and five rebounds as the starting power forward, and starting center Hassan Whiteside came up with 11 rebounds to go with five points in 16 minutes. Rudy Gobert had 13 points and 15 rebounds for Utah.
A close first half ended with Portland on top 67-65.
Utah's last lead was at 71-69, and at the end of the third quarter the Blazers had a 94-86 advantage.
After 3:19 of the fourth quarter, the lead was 107-90, and it grew to 112-92 moments later on McCollum's final basket, a 3-pointer.
McCollum made 11 of 15 shots from the field, including 5 of 7 from 3-point range.
Lillard was 8 of 13, with 3 of 4 going in from beyond the arc.
The Blazers finished at .578 from the floor, sinking 15 of 27 (.556) from 3-point distance.
Utah's two starting guards were a combined 15 of 32 from the field and 5 of 10 on 3's. The Jazz shot .451 overall and made 14 of 30 (.467) of their 3-point attempts.
The Blazers' final exhibition is 6 p.m. Thursday at Denver.
Portland is 2-2, Utah 1-4, Denver 3-0.
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