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CJ McCollum, like Lillard against Minnesota, explodes for big game in limited minutes; Blazers play Raptors next

COURTESY PHOTO: BRUCE ELY/TRAIL BLAZERS - Carmelo Anthony and the Trail Blazers built a big first-half lead against Sacramento and cruised to a win Saturday.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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