CJ McCollum produced a magnificent 40-point performance as the Portland Trail Blazers beat the Milwaukee Bucks 118-103 at the Moda Center.
The 6ft 3in shooting guard’s 40-point haul was his best of the season to date. In 35 minutes, he connected on 17 of 26 shots (including 5-of-10 from beyond the three-point arc), pulled down five rebounds, handed out six assists and grabbed four steals as the Blazers handed the Bucks their second defeat of the season.
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In the first half, McCollum intercepted a Malcolm Brogdon pass and accelerated down the court for a breakaway dunk. He followed that up by teasing Bucks’ guard Donte DiVincenzo with a devilish crossover dribble before rising to connect with a three-pointer.
In the third quarter, McCollum set up team-mate Jusuf Nurkic with a no-look underarm assist on the pick-and-roll before draining another three-ball and two pull-up jumpers.
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He then tormented DiVencenzo with another crossover that left the rookie on the floor as the Blazers guard canned another step-back jump shot.
McCollum brought up his 40th point with a long-distance three-pointer in the final minute to cap off the Blazers’ win.
Speaking after his big game, McCollum said: “I just tried to be aggressive. I put a lot of time in, working on pull-ups and floaters so it doesn’t surprise me when I do well. It surprises me when I don’t make shots! It’s a great win for us.”
Click on the video at the top of the page to watch the highlights of McCollum’s magnificent performance
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