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McCollum leads Trail Blazers in 129-95 rout of 76ers

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) The Portland Trail Blazers weren't concerned about guard C.J. McCollum's recent shooting slump.

McCollum broke out of a six-game funk on Sunday night, hitting 13 of 18 shots in a 35-point performance as the Trail Blazers defeated the Philadelphia 76ers 129-95.

In his six previous games, McCollum was 35 percent from the floor, while shooting 16 percent from 3-point range.

''I don't think there's any question that he was going to break out at some point,'' Portland coach Terry Stotts said. ''Good for him. Good for us.''

McCollum's white-hot night was felt throughout the team, as the Blazers shot a season-high 59 percent in routing Philadelphia. Al-Farouq Aminu had 16 points, Damian Lillard 15 and Jusuf Nurkic 14 for Portland.

Ben Simmons scored 19 points to lead the 76ers, who were without center Joel Embiid due to soreness in his left knee. Embiid leads Philadelphia in scoring (26.5 points) and rebounds (13.3).

McCollum gave signs of a turnaround during a five-minute stint of the first quarter, hitting his first three shots. McCollum then played the entire second quarter and continued to sizzle, making 7 of 11 shots.

From McCollum's viewpoint, nothing changed Sunday from the previous six games - other than the ball going through the basket on a regular basis.

''I've been getting some of the same looks I've been getting my entire life, and I wasn't making them. But I understand how I approach the game, how much time I put in. . I figured the tide would turn eventually,'' McCollum said.

''I felt good the last few games. I just tried to get into a rhythm. I made some shots and that made it a little easier for everyone else.''

McCollum's shooting rebound was part of the puzzle for Portland. Without Embiid inside, the Blazers handled Philadelphia on the boards 59-36.

Several 76ers said the energy wasn't there defensively. Philadelphia coach Brett Brown said the loss of Embiid was a blow.

''I've said it before, and I'll say it again: I think he's a defensive player of the year,'' Brown said. ''Whether you look at points in the paint, whether you look at the rebounding margin. . The guys that we had, we just struggled defending them.''

Early on, it appeared as though Philadelphia might get by without Embiid. The 76ers hit their first four shots and led 13-7. Nothing went right the rest of the first half for Philadelphia, however, as Portland quickly erased the deficit and ran away from the 76ers.

The Blazers had runs of 12-1 and 8-0 to take a 31-20 lead after the first quarter. It was a warmup act for Portland's 39-point second quarter, where the Blazers started by scoring the first 12 points. McCollum scored 19 of his 26 first-half points during the second quarter, as the Blazers built a 70-41 halftime lead.

After making its first four field goal tries, Philadelphia hit just 4 of its next 27 shots. It was no match for Blazers, who shot 67 percent (29 of 43) during the first half.

Portland's defense that caught Stotts' eye as much as the sharp shooting.

''We didn't let the fact that we were playing good offense take away from our defense. I thought the effort was consistent throughout,'' Stotts said.

NURKIC BREAKING OUT

Nurkic, Portland's center, is on a dominant run in the post of late. During his past three games, including two against Golden State, Nurkic has made 25 of 43 shots and is averaging 20.7 points and 9.7 rebounds.

''It's very encouraging,'' Stotts said. ''It's part of his growth. But he's got to continue it.''

TIP-INS

76ers: Coach Brett Brown said Embiid was held out of Sunday's game as a precaution. ''It's not anything we're concerned about,'' Brown said. ... Replacing Embiid was Amir Johnson, who made his second start of the season.

Trail Blazers: Forward Maurice Harkless (knee) didn't play. Evan Turner replaced Harkless in the starting lineup. ... The 34-point margin is Portland's most lopsided win of the season.

UP NEXT

76ers: At Los Angeles Clippers on Tuesday night.

Trail Blazers: At Sacramento on Tuesday night.

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1st Quarter

Time Team Play Score
11:55   Jumpball  
11:33   Bad pass turnover on Damian Lillard, stolen by Amir Johnson  
11:23 +2 Amir Johnson made jump shot, assist by Jimmy Butler 2-0
11:13 +3 Damian Lillard made 3-pt. jump shot 2-3
11:02 +2 Ben Simmons made hook shot 4-3
11:02   Shooting foul on CJ McCollum  
11:02   Ben Simmons missed free throw  
11:00   Defensive rebound by Jusuf Nurkic  
10:53 +2 Al-Farouq Aminu made dunk, assist by Evan Turner 4-5
10:38 +2 JJ Redick made jump shot, assist by Ben Simmons 6-5
10:28   Bad pass turnover on Jusuf Nurkic, stolen by JJ Redick  
10:24 +2 Ben Simmons made layup 8-5
10:05 +2 CJ McCollum made jump shot, assist by Damian Lillard 8-7
9:47 +3 JJ Redick made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Amir Johnson 11-7
9:29   Evan Turner missed jump shot, blocked by Wilson Chandler  
9:29   PHI team rebound  
9:16   Jimmy Butler missed 3-pt. jump shot  
9:13   Offensive rebound by Jimmy Butler  
9:09   Shooting foul on CJ McCollum  
9:09 +1 JJ Redick made 1st of 2 free throws 12-7
9:09 +1 JJ Redick made 2nd of 2 free throws 13-7
8:58   Damian Lillard missed 3-pt. jump shot  
8:56   Defensive rebound by Wilson Chandler  
8:49   Ben Simmons missed floating jump shot  
8:46   Offensive rebound by Amir Johnson  
8:37 +2 Jusuf Nurkic made driving layup, assist by Al-Farouq Aminu 13-9
8:21   Amir Johnson missed 3-pt. jump shot  
8:17   Defensive rebound by Al-Farouq Aminu  
8:17   Violation  
8:00 +2 Al-Farouq Aminu made driving layup 13-11
7:41   Amir Johnson missed driving layup  
7:41   Defensive rebound by Al-Farouq Aminu  
7:33   Bad pass turnover on Damian Lillard, stolen by Wilson Chandler  
7:17   JJ Redick missed 3-pt. jump shot  
7:14   Defensive rebound by Al-Farouq Aminu  
7:05 +2 Damian Lillard made layup, assist by Jusuf Nurkic 13-13
6:49   Ben Simmons missed fade-away jump shot  
6:49   Defensive rebound by Jusuf Nurkic  
6:30 +2 Jusuf Nurkic made turnaround jump shot 13-15
6:20   Bad pass turnover on Jimmy Butler, stolen by Jusuf Nurkic  
6:16   Bad pass turnover on Jusuf Nurkic, stolen by Wilson Chandler  
6:08   Offensive goaltending turnover on Amir Johnson  
5:45   Jusuf Nurkic missed hook shot  
5:42   Defensive rebound by Wilson Chandler  
5:40   PHI team rebound  
5:40   Ben Simmons missed 1st of 2 free throws  
5:40 +1 Ben Simmons made 2nd of 2 free throws 14-15
5:20 +2 Meyers Leonard made jump shot, assist by Seth Curry 14-17
5:06   Mike Muscala missed 3-pt. jump shot  
5:04   Defensive rebound by Al-Farouq Aminu  
5:01   Shooting foul on Landry Shamet  
5:01 +1 Al-Farouq Aminu made 1st of 2 free throws 14-18
5:01 +1 Al-Farouq Aminu made 2nd of 2 free throws 14-19
4:50 +2 Ben Simmons made layup, assist by Mike Muscala 16-19
4:28   Bad pass turnover on Damian Lillard, stolen by Furkan Korkmaz  
4:19   Defensive rebound by Jake Layman  
4:11   Damian Lillard missed driving layup  
4:10   POR team rebound  
4:02   Lost ball turnover on Jake Layman, stolen by Furkan Korkmaz  
4:01   Personal foul on Jake Layman  
3:47   Out of bounds turnover on Ben Simmons  
3:33   Personal foul on Ben Simmons  
3:22 +2 Evan Turner made layup, assist by Zach Collins 16-21
3:00   Jimmy Butler missed jump shot  
2:58   Defensive rebound by Meyers Leonard  
2:50   Seth Curry missed 3-pt. jump shot  
2:47   Defensive rebound by Jimmy Butler  
2:39   Jimmy Butler missed layup  
2:38   Defensive rebound by Meyers Leonard  
2:27 +2 Evan Turner made layup, assist by Zach Collins 16-23
2:10   Defensive rebound by Evan Turner  
2:03   Lost ball turnover on Damian Lillard, stolen by T.J. McConnell  
1:57   Out of bounds turnover on Jimmy Butler  
1:40   Out of bounds turnover on Evan Turner  
1:30   Bad pass turnover on Mike Muscala, stolen by Zach Collins  
1:20   Shooting foul on Mike Muscala  
1:20 +1 Meyers Leonard made 1st of 2 free throws 16-24
1:20   Meyers Leonard missed 2nd of 2 free throws  
1:16   Offensive rebound by Zach Collins  
1:11 +3 CJ McCollum made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Seth Curry 16-27
1:00 +2 T.J. McConnell made jump shot 18-27
0:51 +2 CJ McCollum made jump shot 18-29
0:32 +2 Jonah Bolden made dunk, assist by Jimmy Butler 20-29
0:16 +2 Seth Curry made floating jump shot 20-31
0:02   Jimmy Butler missed jump shot  
0:00   End of period  

2nd Quarter

Time Team Play Score
11:36   Jimmy Butler missed driving layup, blocked by Zach Collins  
11:33   Defensive rebound by Evan Turner  
11:27 +2 Seth Curry made driving layup 20-33
11:14   Jonah Bolden missed 3-pt. jump shot  
11:12   Defensive rebound by Meyers Leonard  
11:00 +2 CJ McCollum made jump shot 20-35
11:00   Shooting foul on JJ Redick  
11:00 +1 CJ McCollum made free throw 20-36
10:42   Defensive rebound by Evan Turner  
10:20   Jimmy Butler missed jump shot  
10:16   Defensive rebound by Evan Turner  
9:57 +2 Evan Turner made driving layup 20-40
9:44   Defensive rebound by Meyers Leonard  
9:33   Seth Curry missed jump shot  
9:25   Ben Simmons missed driving layup  
9:22   Defensive rebound by Meyers Leonard  
9:18 +3 CJ McCollum made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Evan Turner 20-43
9:07 +3 T.J. McConnell made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by JJ Redick 23-43
8:47   Evan Turner missed fade-away jump shot  
8:43 +2 Wilson Chandler made driving layup, assist by Ben Simmons 25-43
8:43 +1 Wilson Chandler made free throw 26-43
8:30 +2 Meyers Leonard made hook shot, assist by CJ McCollum 26-45
8:15 +2 T.J. McConnell made jump shot 28-45
7:57   CJ McCollum missed jump shot  
7:52   Out of bounds turnover on Ben Simmons  
7:36   Shooting foul on Ben Simmons  
7:36 +1 Al-Farouq Aminu made free throw 28-48
7:25 +3 Mike Muscala made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Jimmy Butler 31-48
7:08   CJ McCollum missed 3-pt. jump shot  
6:59 +2 T.J. McConnell made jump shot 33-48
6:34 +2 Jusuf Nurkic made hook shot 33-50
6:24   Out of bounds turnover on T.J. McConnell  
6:18 +2 CJ McCollum made driving layup, assist by Damian Lillard 33-52
6:09   Personal foul on Jake Layman  
5:56   Jimmy Butler missed jump shot  
5:55   Defensive rebound by Al-Farouq Aminu  
5:48 +2 Jusuf Nurkic made layup, assist by Damian Lillard 33-54
5:33   Ben Simmons missed driving layup  
5:29   Defensive rebound by Jusuf Nurkic  
5:19   Out of bounds turnover on Damian Lillard  
5:11   Shooting foul on Jake Layman  
5:11 +1 Ben Simmons made free throw 36-54
4:59 +3 Al-Farouq Aminu made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Damian Lillard 36-57
4:46   Personal foul on Al-Farouq Aminu  
4:40   Defensive rebound by Damian Lillard  
4:26   Jake Layman missed 3-pt. jump shot  
4:21 +2 CJ McCollum made layup 36-59
4:08 +2 Jimmy Butler made floating jump shot 38-59
4:06   Out of bounds turnover on Jake Layman  
3:55   Defensive rebound by Damian Lillard  
3:55   Personal foul on Ben Simmons  
3:55   Unsportsmanlike technical foul  
3:55 +1 JJ Redick made free throw 39-59
3:51   Bad pass turnover on Jusuf Nurkic, stolen by JJ Redick  
3:50   Out of bounds turnover on JJ Redick  
3:36   Defensive rebound by Furkan Korkmaz  
3:23   JJ Redick missed jump shot  
3:20   PHI team rebound  
3:12 +2 Furkan Korkmaz made jump shot 41-59
2:59 +2 CJ McCollum made jump shot 41-61
2:51   Offensive foul on Jonah Bolden  
2:51   Offensive foul on Jonah Bolden  
2:39   Personal foul on Furkan Korkmaz  
2:29 +2 Jusuf Nurkic made hook shot 41-63
2:17   JJ Redick missed 3-pt. jump shot  
2:15   Defensive rebound by Damian Lillard  
2:09 +2 Jusuf Nurkic made reverse layup, assist by Damian Lillard 41-65
2:09   Violation  
1:55   Furkan Korkmaz missed jump shot  
1:53   Defensive rebound by Damian Lillard  
1:47   Damian Lillard missed 3-pt. jump shot  
1:45   POR team rebound  
1:40   Jumpball  
1:29 +3 CJ McCollum made 3-pt. jump shot 41-68
1:11   JJ Redick missed 3-pt. jump shot  
1:10   Defensive rebound by CJ McCollum  
1:05   Shooting foul on Jonah Bolden  
1:05 +1 CJ McCollum made 1st of 2 free throws 41-69
1:05 +1 CJ McCollum made 2nd of 2 free throws 41-70
0:49   Furkan Korkmaz missed 3-pt. jump shot  
0:47   Defensive rebound by Zach Collins  
0:30   Defensive rebound by Furkan Korkmaz  
0:20   Jonah Bolden missed driving layup  
0:19   Defensive rebound by Jusuf Nurkic  
0:01   Defensive rebound by Wilson Chandler  
0:00   End of period  

3rd Quarter

Time Team Play Score
11:46   Personal foul on CJ McCollum  
11:34 +2 Jimmy Butler made reverse layup 43-70
11:34   Shooting foul on Al-Farouq Aminu  
11:34 +1 Jimmy Butler made free throw 44-70
11:22   Bad pass turnover on Evan Turner, stolen by Jimmy Butler  
11:11 +2 T.J. McConnell made jump shot, assist by Jimmy Butler 46-70
10:53 +3 Damian Lillard made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Jusuf Nurkic 46-73
10:35   JJ Redick missed jump shot  
10:33   Defensive rebound by Jusuf Nurkic  
10:19   Jusuf Nurkic missed hook shot  
10:16   Defensive rebound by Jimmy Butler  
10:09 +2 Ben Simmons made hook shot, assist by Jimmy Butler 48-73
9:48 +2 Damian Lillard made jump shot 48-75
9:27   JJ Redick missed jump shot  
9:25   Defensive rebound by Damian Lillard  
9:06   Defensive rebound by Wilson Chandler  
9:02   Shooting foul on Jusuf Nurkic  
9:02   PHI team rebound  
9:02   Ben Simmons missed 1st of 2 free throws  
9:02   Ben Simmons missed 2nd of 2 free throws  
8:58   Defensive rebound by Al-Farouq Aminu  
8:45 +2 Jusuf Nurkic made driving layup 48-77
8:45   Shooting foul on Wilson Chandler  
8:45   Jusuf Nurkic missed free throw  
8:43   Defensive rebound by Ben Simmons  
8:29 +2 Wilson Chandler made jump shot, assist by Jimmy Butler 50-77
8:11 +2 CJ McCollum made floating jump shot 50-79
8:00   Jimmy Butler missed floating jump shot  
7:56   Defensive rebound by Evan Turner  
7:51   Bad pass turnover on Damian Lillard, stolen by JJ Redick  
7:46 +3 JJ Redick made 3-pt. jump shot 53-79
7:24   Jusuf Nurkic missed hook shot  
7:22   Personal foul on T.J. McConnell  
7:12 +3 CJ McCollum made 3-pt. jump shot 53-82
6:53   Jimmy Butler missed 3-pt. jump shot  
6:51   Defensive rebound by Damian Lillard  
6:39   Out of bounds turnover on Jusuf Nurkic  
6:32   Landry Shamet missed reverse layup  
6:30   Defensive rebound by Jusuf Nurkic  
6:23   Damian Lillard missed 3-pt. jump shot  
6:21   Defensive rebound by Ben Simmons  
6:18   Shooting foul on Jusuf Nurkic  
6:18 +1 Ben Simmons made 1st of 2 free throws 54-82
6:18   Ben Simmons missed 2nd of 2 free throws  
6:16   Defensive rebound by CJ McCollum  
6:00   Offensive goaltending turnover on Evan Turner  
5:49   Mike Muscala missed 3-pt. jump shot  
5:47   Defensive rebound by Evan Turner  
5:41   Jusuf Nurkic missed dunk  
5:38   Offensive rebound by Al-Farouq Aminu  
5:34 +2 Damian Lillard made floating jump shot, assist by Al-Farouq Aminu 54-84
5:26   Defensive rebound by Damian Lillard  
5:08   Jonah Bolden missed 3-pt. jump shot  
5:04   Offensive rebound by Mike Muscala  
5:04   Personal foul on Jusuf Nurkic  
5:04 +1 Jonah Bolden made 1st of 2 free throws 55-86
5:04   Jonah Bolden missed 2nd of 2 free throws  
5:04   Personal foul on Evan Turner  
5:04   Mike Muscala missed 1st of 2 free throws  
5:04   PHI team rebound  
5:04 +1 Mike Muscala made 2nd of 2 free throws 56-86
4:48 +2 CJ McCollum made finger-roll layup 56-88
4:39 +3 Mike Muscala made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Ben Simmons 59-88
4:15   Shooting foul on Mike Muscala  
4:15 +1 Al-Farouq Aminu made 1st of 2 free throws 59-89
4:15 +1 Al-Farouq Aminu made 2nd of 2 free throws 59-90
4:04   Jimmy Butler missed jump shot  
4:01   Defensive rebound by Evan Turner  
3:55   Bad pass turnover on Damian Lillard, stolen by Ben Simmons  
3:52 +2 Ben Simmons made layup 61-90
3:30 +2 Evan Turner made driving layup 61-92
3:22 +2 Ben Simmons made driving layup 63-92
3:12   Shooting foul on Jonah Bolden  
3:12 +1 CJ McCollum made 1st of 2 free throws 63-93
3:12 +1 CJ McCollum made 2nd of 2 free throws 63-94
3:03   Furkan Korkmaz missed 3-pt. jump shot  
3:00   Defensive rebound by Zach Collins  
2:41 +2 Meyers Leonard made dunk, assist by CJ McCollum 63-96
2:37   Personal foul on Meyers Leonard  
2:37 +1 Ben Simmons made 1st of 2 free throws 64-96
2:37 +1 Ben Simmons made 2nd of 2 free throws 65-96
2:28   Personal foul on Furkan Korkmaz  
2:28   POR team rebound  
2:28   Zach Collins missed 1st of 2 free throws  
2:26   Defensive rebound by Jonah Bolden  
2:17   T.J. McConnell missed jump shot  
2:14   Defensive rebound by Meyers Leonard  
2:06