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McCollum scores 32, leads Blazers over Bulls 124-120 in OT

CHICAGO (AP) If C.J. McCollum finds a shot he likes, he won't hesitate to take it.

McCollum proved it Monday night when he scored 25 of his 32 points after halftime, including the tiebreaking basket with 56.5 seconds remaining in overtime, and the Portland Trail Blazers beat the Chicago Bulls 124-120.

''I just tried to make plays,'' McCollum said. ''If I can get a good shot, take it. If not, make the right play. I think guys did a great job of making the game easier for me. If I can get 30 good shots, I'll take 30 more. If I can get 40 good shots ... I'll take 40.''

Al-Farouq Aminu added a season-high 24 points and Evan Turner also had his season best with 22 for Portland, which was without leading scorer Damian Lilliard for a fifth straight game.

Kris Dunn scored 22 points and Nikola Mirotic had 18 points off the bench for Chicago, which blew a late lead for a second straight game. The Bulls lost for only the fourth time in 14 games since Mirotic returned to the lineup.

Though he missed his first seven shots, McCollum was pivotal as Portland rallied from a six-point deficit in the final 2 1/2 minutes of the fourth quarter. McCollum scored the final four points in regulation to tie the score at 112 and answered after Lauri Markannen, who finished with 19 points, made a jumper from the corner that tied it at 120 with 1:14 left in overtime.

McCollum then made his short floater and added a pair of late free throws.

''(McCollum) is a shooter, he's a scorer and you've got to have that mentality,'' Portland coach Terry Stotts said. ''What I was pleased most about with C.J. was his assists.

''In the fourth quarter and overtime he made good decisions.''

Led by Mirotic and Bobby Portis, the Bulls' bench helped them overcome a sluggish start. Each had nine points in a second quarter in which Chicago's reserves outscored Portland's 18-7.

But both were on the bench for the final 7 1/2 minutes of the fourth quarter and all of overtime. Portis finished with 14 points, seven rebounds and four assists.

''I just thought with (Jusuf) Nurkic out there we had to find a way to keep him off the glass,'' Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg said. ''He's too big and strong out there. I felt like we needed Robin (Lopez), who also was playing well.''

''The last two nights we haven't gotten the job done. It hurts, it stings, especially after having the seven in a row where we did close out a lot of those close games.''

TIP-INS

Trail Blazers: Lillard missed his fifth straight game with a right hamstring strain. Expected to be a game-time decision, Lillard, who hasn't played since Dec. 20, was ruled out early. Stotts isn't sure if Lillard would play on Tuesday at Cleveland.

''When he's ready, he'll be ready, but it's hard to say,'' Stotts said.

Bulls: Zach LaVine's ''training camp'' has gone well so far, according to Hoiberg. Coming off February surgery to repair a torn ACL in his left knee, LaVine is halfway through a stretch of six consecutive days of full-contact practices. ''He's sore, as expected,'' Hoiberg said. ''He's in training camp mode right now, but he's handling the workload well and that's the important thing.''

HOT SHOOTING

With Lillard's 25-point average out of the lineup, Aminu's offensive output was critical. He made 5-of-6 3-pointers and scored 17 points after halftime. The Blazers' 14 3-pointers were tied for the team's second-most made this season. They made 18 in a Dec. 9 loss at Houston.

''It was good for us to have an offensive night,'' Stotts said. ''We needed every one of (Aminu's) 3s.''

HOMECOMING

Turner, who grew up in nearby Oak Park, Illinois, made the most of his one trip to Chicago this season. He scored 14 first-half points and also hit a 3-pointer to open the scoring in overtime.

''Ever since he had his first buck, I was saying, `E.T.'s home. He's at the crib,''' the Blazers' Pat Connaughton said. ''He kept it going.''

UP NEXT

Trail Blazers: At the Cleveland Cavaliers on Tuesday night.

Bulls: Host the Toronto Raptors on Wednesday night.

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Key Players
C. McCollum
3 SG
N. Mirotic
44 PF
25.8 Min. Per Game 25.8
18.3 Pts. Per Game 18.3
1.5 Ast. Per Game 1.5
7.1 Reb. Per Game 7.1
43.7 Field Goal % 50.3
44.1 Three Point % 50.3
87.2 Free Throw % 71.7
  Full timeout called 0:03
+ 1 CJ McCollum made 2nd of 2 free throws 0:03
+ 1 CJ McCollum made 1st of 2 free throws 0:03
  Personal foul on Denzel Valentine 0:03
  Defensive rebound by Jusuf Nurkic 0:06
  Kris Dunn missed jump shot 0:08
  Defensive rebound by Justin Holiday 0:20
  Shabazz Napier missed jump shot 0:23
  Personal foul on Denzel Valentine 0:43
  Defensive rebound by Jusuf Nurkic 0:44
  Kris Dunn missed jump shot 0:47
Team Stats
Points 124 120
Field Goals 47-108 (43.5%) 45-104 (43.3%)
3-Pointers 14-33 (42.4%) 11-27 (40.7%)
Free Throws 16-18 (88.9%) 19-23 (82.6%)
Total Rebounds 59 67
Offensive 12 15
Defensive 38 43
Team 9 9
Assists 25 28
Steals 7 5
Blocks 5 7
Turnovers 8 12
Fouls 16 21
Technicals 0 0
32 PTS, 6 REB, 8 AST
15 PTS, 6 REB, 5 AST
1234OTT
away team logo Trail Blazers 19-17 3121312912124
home team logo Bulls 13-24 233034258120
Team Stats
away team logo Trail Blazers 19-17 111.0 PPG 49.1 RPG 20.7 APG
home team logo Bulls 13-24 101.8 PPG 41.6 RPG 22.0 APG
Key Players
C. McCollum SG 22.0 PPG 3.9 RPG 2.5 APG 47.2 FG%
K. Dunn PG 9.0 PPG 3.5 RPG 6.5 APG 38.9 FG%
Top Scorers
C. McCollum SG 32 PTS 6 REB 8 AST
K. Dunn PG 22 PTS 7 REB 4 AST
43.5 FG% 43.3
42.4 3PT FG% 40.7
88.9 FT% 82.6
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
C. McCollum 44 32 6 8 0 0 2 2 11/30 5/11 5/6 1 5 52 +17
A. Aminu 41 24 7 1 1 0 1 4 9/17 5/7 1/1 1 6 33 +13
E. Turner 37 22 4 6 1 0 1 2 10/14 1/2 1/1 0 4 38 +14
S. Napier 41 11 5 6 1 0 0 2 3/13 1/5 4/4 1 4 29 -8
J. Nurkic 37 11 15 2 3 2 2 2 5/13 0/0 1/2 4 11 33 +9
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
C. McCollum 44 32 6 8 0 0 2 2 11/30 5/11 5/6 1 5 52 +17
A. Aminu 41 24 7 1 1 0 1 4 9/17 5/7 1/1 1 6 33 +13
E. Turner 37 22 4 6 1 0 1 2 10/14 1/2 1/1 0 4 38 +14
S. Napier 41 11 5 6 1 0 0 2 3/13 1/5 4/4 1 4 29 -8
J. Nurkic 37 11 15 2 3 2 2 2 5/13 0/0 1/2 4 11 33 +9
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
P. Connaughton 21 16 2 1 0 0 1 0 5/9 2/4 4/4 0 2 19 0
E. Davis 15 4 8 0 0 3 0 0 2/5 0/0 0/0 5 3 15 -5
Z. Collins 11 4 2 1 0 0 0 3 2/5 0/3 0/0 0 2 8 -9
M. Harkless 13 0 1 0 1 0 1 1 0/2 0/1 0/0 0 1 1 -11
M. Leonard - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Lillard - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Layman - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
N. Vonleh - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Wilcox - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Swanigan - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
W. Baldwin IV - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 260 124 50 25 7 5 8 16 47/108 14/33 16/18 12 38 228 +20
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
K. Dunn 34 22 7 4 1 1 8 4 9/20 1/2 3/3 1 6 31 -8
L. Markkanen 34 19 8 1 0 1 0 2 7/12 4/6 1/2 0 8 30 -14
R. Lopez 35 15 6 5 0 3 1 1 6/16 0/0 3/4 5 1 33 -10
J. Holiday 40 14 7 4 0 1 0 3 4/10 1/4 5/5 0 7 30 -12
D. Valentine 34 10 7 6 2 0 0 4 4/13 2/8 0/0 1 6 31 -2
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
K. Dunn 34 22 7 4 1 1 8 4 9/20 1/2 3/3 1 6 31 -8
L. Markkanen 34 19 8 1 0 1 0 2 7/12 4/6 1/2 0 8 30 -14
R. Lopez 35 15 6 5 0 3 1 1 6/16 0/0 3/4 5 1 33 -10
J. Holiday 40 14 7 4 0 1 0 3 4/10 1/4 5/5 0 7 30 -12
D. Valentine 34 10 7 6 2 0 0 4 4/13 2/8 0/0 1 6 31 -2
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
N. Mirotic 18 18 10 2 1 0 1 0 6/13 2/5 4/4 1 9 32 +10
B. Portis 17 14 7 4 0 1 1 1 6/9 1/1 1/1 5 2 29 +6
J. Grant 18 3 1 2 1 0 1 2 1/4 0/0 1/2 0 1 8 +4
D. Nwaba 18 3 4 0 0 0 0 2 1/4 0/0 1/2 2 2 7 -2
P. Zipser 12 2 1 0 0 0 0 2 1/3 0/1 0/0 0 1 3 +8
Q. Pondexter - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Payne - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Z. LaVine - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Felicio - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Blakeney - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
R. Arcidiacono - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 260 120 58 28 5 7 12 21 45/104 11/27 19/23 15 43 234 -20