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McCollum's scores 28 in Blazers 114-96 win over Pacers

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) If the first two games are any indication of the type of team the Portland Trail Blazers will be in 2017-18, they've put the rest of the NBA on notice.

Starting its season on the road, Portland has blown out its first two opponents by a combined 68 points, including Friday night's easy win over the Indiana Pacers.

CJ McCollum scored 28 points on 12-of-18 shooting to lead the Blazers past the Pacers 114-96.

With Indiana starting center Myles Turner out with a concussion, McCollum teamed with backcourt mate Damian Lillard to take advantage of an inexperienced Pacers interior defense.

Lillard did most of his damage in the paint in the first half. McCollum picked it up in the second half, scoring Portland's final 12 points of the third quarter and giving the Blazers a 91-73 lead.

''Once I see it go in a few times,'' McCollum said, ''that basket gets a little bit bigger for me.''

The Portland pair made it look easy at times as they drove to the basket against rookie T.J. Leaf and second-year player Domantas Sabonis. Lillard scored 11 of his 18 points in the first quarter, and the Blazers led 62-52 at halftime.

Evan Turner scored 17 points off the bench, and his run of eight straight points in the second quarter helped the Blazers stay ahead with Lillard resting. Turner led a 15-3 run that allowed Portland to gain control.

Lillard was especially pleased with Portland's defensive effort.

''We knew (the Pacers) had 140 on opening night,'' he said. ''But it's opening night, you're excited, it's the first game, you're on your home court and a lot of shots go in. But it's hard to do that twice - score 140 points back-to-back in the NBA. We came in here ready to guard.''

The Pacers hit seven of their first nine shots but finished the first quarter by making two of their final 12. Leaf and Victor Oladipo scored 17 points apiece for the Pacers. Darren Collison added 14 points.

Oladipo said not having Turner was a key to Indiana's repeated defensive breakdowns.

''It was a little different today, just because Myles didn't play,'' Oladipo said. ''It is what it is. We'll learn from it and move on.''

BIGGIE'S HOMECOMING

Former Purdue standout Caleb ''Biggie'' Swanigan, Portland's first-round pick (26th overall), returned to Indiana in an NBA uniform for the first time. Last season's Big Ten Player of the Year was introduced to cheers and scored two points. He had eight points in Portland's season-opening win.

NOT JUST A THROW-IN

Sabonis, acquired in the trade that sent Paul George to Oklahoma City, earned his first start of the season. The second-year player had three points and eight rebounds in 29 minutes. He scored 16 points off the bench in the Pacers' season-opening win over Brooklyn.

TIP-INS

Blazers: Portland has won eight of its last 10 games against Indiana. ... McCollum saw his first action after serving a one-game suspension for leaving the bench during the Blazers' final preseason game.

Pacers: After attempting 34 3-pointers in their season opener, the Pacers had 18 tries from beyond the arc on Friday, connecting on just four. ... The Pacers haven't started 2-0 since the 2013-14 season.

UP NEXT

Blazers: Portland wraps up its three-game trip Saturday at Milwaukee. The Bucks swept the season series last year against Portland.

Pacers: Indiana plays Saturday at Miami. The Heat have won their last five regular-season home games over the Pacers and 11 of 12 dating to 2010-2011.

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Key Players
Min. Per Game
Pts. Per Game
Ast. Per Game
Reb. Per Game
Field Goal %
Three Point %
Free Throw %
  Out of bounds turnover on Joe Young 0:03
  Defensive rebound by TJ Leaf 0:09
  Caleb Swanigan missed layup 0:11
  Personal foul on Shabazz Napier 0:27
  Personal foul on Joe Young 0:27
+ 2 Joe Young made floating jump shot 0:27
  Traveling violation turnover on Zach Collins 0:35
  Offensive rebound by Zach Collins 0:36
  Offensive rebound by Zach Collins 0:37
  Zach Collins missed dunk 0:37
  Caleb Swanigan missed layup 0:39
Team Stats
Points 114 96
Field Goals 46-95 (48.4%) 35-78 (44.9%)
3-Pointers 9-19 (47.4%) 4-18 (22.2%)
Free Throws 13-17 (76.5%) 22-33 (66.7%)
Total Rebounds 58 49
Offensive 11 6
Defensive 40 33
Team 7 10
Assists 19 15
Steals 5 1
Blocks 6 4
Turnovers 9 12
Fouls 26 17
Technicals 1 0
18 PTS, 7 REB, 7 AST
17 PTS, 6 REB, 2 AST
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away team logo Trail Blazers 2-0 31312923114
home team logo Pacers 1-1 2527212396
Team Stats
away team logo Trail Blazers 2-0 105.5 PPG 43.5 RPG 19.0 APG
home team logo Pacers 1-1 100.6 PPG 40 RPG 21.1 APG
Key Players
C. McCollum G 21.4 PPG 4.0 RPG 3.4 APG 44.3 FG%
V. Oladipo G 23.1 PPG 5.2 RPG 4.3 APG 47.7 FG%
Top Scorers
C. McCollum G 28 PTS 7 REB 1 AST
V. Oladipo G 17 PTS 6 REB 2 AST
48.4 FG% 44.9
47.4 3PT FG% 22.2
76.5 FT% 66.7
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
C. McCollum 32 28 7 1 1 1 0 2 12/18 3/4 1/2 0 7 39 +3
D. Lillard 32 18 7 7 1 1 0 2 7/17 0/3 4/4 0 7 41 +25
A. Aminu 34 16 16 2 1 1 0 2 7/13 2/4 0/0 4 12 38 +27
J. Nurkic 25 11 2 3 1 1 6 5 4/13 0/0 3/4 1 1 15 +11
M. Harkless 20 5 3 0 1 1 1 2 2/5 1/2 0/0 0 3 9 +9
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
C. McCollum 32 28 7 1 1 1 0 2 12/18 3/4 1/2 0 7 39 +3
D. Lillard 32 18 7 7 1 1 0 2 7/17 0/3 4/4 0 7 41 +25
A. Aminu 34 16 16 2 1 1 0 2 7/13 2/4 0/0 4 12 38 +27
J. Nurkic 25 11 2 3 1 1 6 5 4/13 0/0 3/4 1 1 15 +11
M. Harkless 20 5 3 0 1 1 1 2 2/5 1/2 0/0 0 3 9 +9
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
E. Turner 31 17 2 3 0 1 0 2 7/12 1/2 2/2 1 1 26 +22
P. Connaughton 22 8 3 1 0 0 0 2 3/4 2/3 0/0 0 3 13 +5
E. Davis 19 7 9 1 0 0 0 3 3/4 0/0 1/3 3 6 18 +12
S. Napier 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 1/1 0/0 0/0 0 0 2 -5
C. Swanigan 8 2 0 0 0 0 1 2 0/4 0/0 2/2 0 0 1 -4
J. Layman 2 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 0 2 -5
Z. Collins 7 0 2 0 0 0 1 2 0/4 0/1 0/0 2 0 1 -10
M. Leonard - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
N. Vonleh - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Wilcox - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
W. Baldwin IV - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 234 114 51 19 5 6 9 26 46/95 9/19 13/17 11 40 205 +90
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
V. Oladipo 32 17 6 2 0 1 2 1 5/17 0/3 7/9 0 6 26 -18
D. Collison 31 14 4 4 1 0 2 3 5/9 1/3 3/4 1 3 25 -3
B. Bogdanovic 24 11 4 0 0 0 2 1 4/9 1/4 2/4 0 4 13 -10
T. Young 29 8 7 1 0 1 0 1 4/8 0/2 0/0 2 5 18 -15
D. Sabonis 28 3 8 1 0 1 3 4 1/5 0/1 1/4 2 6 11 -18
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
V. Oladipo 32 17 6 2 0 1 2 1 5/17 0/3 7/9 0 6 26 -18
D. Collison 31 14 4 4 1 0 2 3 5/9 1/3 3/4 1 3 25 -3
B. Bogdanovic 24 11 4 0 0 0 2 1 4/9 1/4 2/4 0 4 13 -10
T. Young 29 8 7 1 0 1 0 1 4/8 0/2 0/0 2 5 18 -15
D. Sabonis 28 3 8 1 0 1 3 4 1/5 0/1 1/4 2 6 11 -18
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
T. Leaf 19 17 4 1 0 0 0 2 7/11 2/3 1/1 1 3 23 -1
A. Jefferson 16 8 2 1 0 1 0 1 4/6 0/0 0/0 0 2 13 -7
C. Joseph 19 7 0 2 0 0 1 3 1/5 0/0 5/5 0 0 10 -16
J. Young 3 5 1 0 0 0 1 1 2/2 0/0 1/2 0 1 5 +1
L. Stephenson 19 4 2 2 0 0 0 0 1/5 0/2 2/4 0 2 10 -12
D. Wilkins 8 2 0 1 0 0 1 0 1/1 0/0 0/0 0 0 3 +3
A. Poythress 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 1 1 +1
I. Anigbogu 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 0 0 +5
G. Robinson III - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Turner - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
E. Sumner - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 233 96 39 15 1 4 12 17 35/78 4/18 22/33 6 33 158 -90