Saturday, Jan. 9: Blazers 125, Kings 99
The skinny: CJ McCollum scored 37 points and Portland won by its biggest margin of the young season, 125-99 Saturday at Sacramento.
The Blazers moved to 5-4, tied with Utah atop the NBA's Northwest Division.
McCollum made 13 of 22 shots (6 of 11 3-pointers) and made all five free throws. He played only 29 minutes; it was a similar output to Damian Lillard's in the previous game against Minnesota, 39 points in 29 minutes.
Lillard had 17 points. The centers — Jusuf Nurkic and Enes Kanter — had another productive game with a combined 21 points and 23 rebounds (Kanter had 15 rebounds).
And, just as with the game against the Timberwolves, the Blazers played pretty decent defense against the Kings (4-6). Sacramento shot just .407 (8 of 30 3-pointers) and had 15 turnovers.
Marvin Bagley III had 15 points for the Kings.
Carmelo Anthony added 13 points for the Blazers. He and the guards helped Portland build a 66-49 halftime lead.
Quotable: "I thought we were locked in on our defensive scheme. This was one of our better nights as far as locking in on the game plan."
Next up: The Blazers return to the Moda Center to play Toronto at 7 p.m. Monday.
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