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McCollum, Trail Blazers beat Thunder 117-106

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) While Damien Lillard tries to get past a lingering injury, the Portland Trail Blazers are relying on each other to fashion a nice run of positive results.

CJ McCollum had 27 points and seven assists, and the Trail Blazers beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 117-106 on Tuesday night in the opener of a four-game trip.

Shabazz Napier added 21 points and Jusuf Nurkic had 20 points and eight rebounds for Portland, which moved past Oklahoma City into second in the Northwest Division standings with its seventh win in its last nine games against the Thunder.

Portland has won four of five overall despite playing most of that stretch without Lillard, who sat out for the seventh time in the last nine games with a left calf strain.

''There's not as much pressure,'' McCollum said. ''Obviously, you're down a guy like Damien, who's able to do everything . and can take over a quarter and bail us out at times. When we come on a road trip like this, the guys are like, `Oh, Damien's hurt. We're not supposed to win.' I think everybody plays a little bit looser, understanding that we're playing against upper-tier Western Conference competition.

''Executing and playing the right way has been big for us and being comfortable with making aggressive mistakes, then moving on.''

Russell Westbrook had 22 points, 12 assists and nine rebounds for Oklahoma City, which is slumping a bit after playing well for most of December. The Thunder have dropped four of six, with three of those losses coming at home and another at Phoenix on Sunday.

Oklahoma City shot 44 percent from the field while Portland made 53.1 percent of its shots. Paul George scored 22 points for the Thunder, and Carmelo Anthony had 19.

''I think it's a lack of energy,'' Anthony said. ''We played in spurts tonight. I think the last two games the energy has just been down. With that, we were one step behind on a lot of plays. We didn't put a full game together these past two games. As a result, we lost these two. ... It happens.''

The Thunder closed to 83-76 with 1:39 remaining in the third quarter on a basket by Anthony, but Portland answered with a 13-1 run and led 96-77 after a 3-pointer by Al-Farouq Aminu with 10:25 left.

''That was a very good win, because of how good Oklahoma City is,'' Portland coach Terry Stotts said. ''I didn't think we played particularly well in the first half and we managed to have a lead and the third quarter was really good on both ends ... and the second unit was able to keep us going at the beginning of the fourth quarter.''

TIP-INS

Trail Blazers: Stotts said he didn't have an update on Lillard's injury, ''other than he's out.'' Napier made his sixth start of the season in Lillard's place. ... The Blazers are 12-8 on the road this season. ... Portland has scored more than 110 points in five straight games for its longest such stretch this season.

Thunder: Standout defender Andre Roberson missed his fifth straight game with left patellar tendinitis. Coach Billy Donovan said Roberson practiced a bit on Monday and Tuesday but would also miss Wednesday's game at Minnesota. Terrance Ferguson started in Roberson's place for the fourth straight game and went scoreless. ... Official Justin Van Duyne called George for a technical foul early in the second quarter for colorfully protesting a no-call after George drew contact on a layup attempt that missed. George responded by scoring 15 points in the final 9:37 of the half. ... George hit 5 of 9 3-point attempts and set a Thunder record with at least three 3-pointers in eight straight games.

NEXT UP

Trail Blazers: Visit Houston on Wednesday.

Thunder: Finish a back-to-back with a trip to Northwest Division-leading Minnesota on Wednesday.

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Key Players
C. McCollum
3 SG
R. Westbrook
0 PG
36.2 Min. Per Game 36.2
24.9 Pts. Per Game 24.9
10.1 Ast. Per Game 10.1
9.6 Reb. Per Game 9.6
44.6 Field Goal % 43.2
44.0 Three Point % 43.4
87.1 Free Throw % 71.0
+ 1 Jerami Grant made 2nd of 2 free throws 0:10
+ 1 Jerami Grant made 1st of 2 free throws 0:10
  Shooting foul on Pat Connaughton 0:10
+ 2 Noah Vonleh made jump shot 0:25
+ 2 Kyle Singler made driving layup, assist by Alex Abrines 0:47
  Defensive rebound by Kyle Singler 0:54
  Shabazz Napier missed floating jump shot 0:57
  Defensive rebound by Noah Vonleh 1:16
  Kyle Singler missed 2nd of 2 free throws 1:20
  Team rebound 1:20
  Kyle Singler missed 1st of 2 free throws 1:20
Team Stats
Points 117 106
Field Goals 43-81 (53.1%) 37-84 (44.0%)
3-Pointers 10-23 (43.5%) 13-31 (41.9%)
Free Throws 21-26 (80.8%) 19-26 (73.1%)
Total Rebounds 50 47
Offensive 8 11
Defensive 34 27
Team 8 9
Assists 19 20
Steals 10 6
Blocks 2 4
Turnovers 15 14
Fouls 20 17
Technicals 0 1
27 PTS, 3 REB, 7 AST
22 PTS, 9 REB, 12 AST
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away team logo Trail Blazers 22-18 24303429117
home team logo Thunder 22-19 26242630106
Team Stats
away team logo Trail Blazers 22-18 105.5 PPG 43.5 RPG 19.0 APG
home team logo Thunder 22-19 101.2 PPG 44 RPG 16.3 APG
Key Players
C. McCollum SG 21.4 PPG 4.0 RPG 3.4 APG 44.3 FG%
R. Westbrook PG 25.4 PPG 10.1 RPG 10.3 APG 44.9 FG%
Top Scorers
C. McCollum SG 27 PTS 3 REB 7 AST
R. Westbrook PG 22 PTS 9 REB 12 AST
53.1 FG% 44.0
43.5 3PT FG% 41.9
80.8 FT% 73.1
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
C. McCollum 32 27 3 7 1 0 1 1 11/19 1/5 4/4 0 3 44 +14
S. Napier 33 21 5 2 2 0 4 2 5/10 2/3 9/10 0 5 28 +11
J. Nurkic 23 20 8 2 1 0 3 4 8/15 0/0 4/5 4 4 30 +13
A. Aminu 31 10 7 0 3 0 1 2 4/10 2/6 0/0 1 6 19 +13
E. Turner 21 7 0 3 1 1 2 2 2/3 1/1 2/2 0 0 13 +12
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
C. McCollum 32 27 3 7 1 0 1 1 11/19 1/5 4/4 0 3 44 +14
S. Napier 33 21 5 2 2 0 4 2 5/10 2/3 9/10 0 5 28 +11
J. Nurkic 23 20 8 2 1 0 3 4 8/15 0/0 4/5 4 4 30 +13
A. Aminu 31 10 7 0 3 0 1 2 4/10 2/6 0/0 1 6 19 +13
E. Turner 21 7 0 3 1 1 2 2 2/3 1/1 2/2 0 0 13 +12
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
P. Connaughton 29 10 4 0 0 0 1 3 4/7 2/4 0/0 1 3 13 +2
M. Harkless 18 9 2 2 1 0 2 1 3/3 1/1 2/5 0 2 14 -3
Z. Collins 22 9 5 2 1 0 1 2 4/9 1/3 0/0 1 4 18 +1
E. Davis 22 2 7 1 0 1 0 3 1/4 0/0 0/0 1 6 12 +4
N. Vonleh 2 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 1/1 0/0 0/0 0 1 3 -6
J. Layman 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 0 0 -6
M. Leonard - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Lillard - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Wilcox - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Swanigan - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
W. Baldwin IV - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 235 117 42 19 10 2 15 20 43/81 10/23 21/26 8 34 194 +55
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
R. Westbrook 35 22 9 12 3 2 6 1 7/20 1/3 7/10 2 7 54 -13
P. George 32 22 4 2 0 0 3 4 8/18 5/9 1/2 0 4 27 -15
C. Anthony 33 19 6 0 1 2 2 3 8/17 3/9 0/0 0 6 26 -6
S. Adams 31 16 6 1 0 0 2 2 6/8 0/0 4/4 5 1 22 -13
T. Ferguson 30 0 2 0 0 0 0 3 0/2 0/1 0/0 1 1 2 -10
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
R. Westbrook 35 22 9 12 3 2 6 1 7/20 1/3 7/10 2 7 54 -13
P. George 32 22 4 2 0 0 3 4 8/18 5/9 1/2 0 4 27 -15
C. Anthony 33 19 6 0 1 2 2 3 8/17 3/9 0/0 0 6 26 -6
S. Adams 31 16 6 1 0 0 2 2 6/8 0/0 4/4 5 1 22 -13
T. Ferguson 30 0 2 0 0 0 0 3 0/2 0/1 0/0 1 1 2 -10
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
R. Felton 18 13 2 1 1 0 1 2 4/8 2/4 3/4 0 2 17 -1
A. Abrines 12 7 2 2 0 0 0 1 2/5 1/3 2/2 2 0 13 +1
J. Grant 16 5 3 1 1 0 0 1 1/3 1/2 2/2 1 2 11 -3
K. Singler 2 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 1/1 0/0 0/2 0 1 3 +5
P. Patterson 10 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0/1 0/0 0/0 0 0 0 -5
J. Huestis 15 0 3 1 0 0 0 0 0/1 0/0 0/0 0 3 5 +5
A. Roberson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Johnson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
P. Dozier - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Hamilton - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
N. Collison - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 234 106 38 20 6 4 14 17 37/84 13/31 19/26 11 27 180 -55