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McCollum scores 28 as Trail Blazers beat Thunder 108-100

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) During their recent upswing, the Portland Trail Blazers have received key contributions from several role players. It was Zach Collins' turn Saturday night.

The rookie forward had a career-high 12 points, including a key 3-pointer down the stretch, as the Blazers earned a 108-100 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder.

''It was good, but more importantly, we've got to win right now. I've got to go out there and make sure I do my job to where, with that second unit, we don't let anything slip and we make sure we sustain the lead or we push it,'' said Collins, the 10th pick in last year's NBA draft out of Gonzaga.

CJ McCollum scored 28 points and Damian Lillard added 20 in Portland's sixth straight victory. The win left the Blazers alone in third place in the crowded Western Conference, while the Thunder dropped to seventh.

''I mean, it's nice but it doesn't really do anything for us right now,'' McCollum said. ''To finish third 20 games from now would be great, but we have a long way to go. We've got a lot of games left to be played and I'm really looking forward to the challenge of us continuing to stick together defensively, continuing to stick to our principles and come away with close wins.''

Russell Westbrook led the Thunder with 30 points and 11 rebounds, but the loss snapped a three-game winning streak. Paul George added 21 points.

The Blazers led by 10 early in the fourth quarter but Westbrook converted a three-point play after Pat Connaughton was called for goaltending, pulling the Thunder to 95-90. Westbrook's jumper got Oklahoma City even closer with 3:58 to go.

Collins' 3-pointer put Portland up 102-93 with 2:23 left, but Westbrook answered with his own 3 and Jerami Grant added a layup to trim the Thunder's deficit to 102-98. After Lillard made free throws, Westbrook airballed a 3-pointer and Portland closed it out at the foul line.

''We closed well but obviously we didn't make the shots down the stretch. But I think we got good enough looks,'' George said. ''We got within three or four points. A play here or there to go our way and we've got a different ballgame. It just didn't happen that way.''

The Thunder rested Carmelo Anthony, who is averaging 16.9 points per game, after defeating the Suns 124-116 on Friday night in Phoenix. Patrick Patterson started in his place.

Corey Brewer played for the Thunder even though he had not yet practiced with the team. The 6-foot-9 guard was formally signed by Oklahoma City on Friday.

Brewer, an 11-year NBA veteran, averaged 3.7 points in 54 games this season with the Lakers, who agreed to a buyout with him on Wednesday.

''I've got confidence in him. I know him as a player and a person. He's very smart and cerebral and he'll be able to figure things out as he's going,'' said Thunder coach Billy Donovan, who also coached Brewer at the University of Florida.

Brewer made his Oklahoma City debut in the first quarter and played 12 minutes with a rebound and an assist, along with four fouls.

The Blazers were without starter Maurice Harkless, out with a left patellar tendon strain sustained in Thursday night's 109-99 victory over the Timberwolves. Evan Turner started in his place.

The Thunder led 28-25 going into the second quarter but Portland grabbed a 34-33 lead on Shabazz Napier's 3-pointer. McCollum's putback and Jusuf Nurkic's layup extended the Blazers' advantage to 44-35.

There was a dustup late in the half when Nurkic and Steven Adams got tangled up before exchanging words. After a video review, Nurkic was called for a common foul but Westbrook got a deadball technical.

The Blazers led 53-50 at the break. Westbrook led all scorers with 14 points.

Patterson's 3-pointer pulled the Thunder briefly in front, 60-59, but Portland led 83-75 going into the final period.

Portland has won three of the four meetings between the teams this season, giving the Blazers a potential tiebreaker for playoff seeding. Portland has won five straight overall against the Thunder and eight in a row at Moda Center.

TIP-INS

Thunder: George has scored 20-plus points in 11 of the past 12 games. ... Adams has had a block in nine straight games, a career-best streak. ... Assistant coach Maurice Cheeks was the head coach of the Blazers from 2001-05.

Trail Blazers: Lillard has made at least one 3-pointer in 45 straight games, setting a franchise record. ... Ed Davis has had double-digit rebounds in three straight games.

RIP CITY

Nurkic ripped his jersey off as he went to the bench in the second quarter. ''I've seen it before, but not up close and personal,'' Blazers coach Terry Stotts said.

UP NEXT

The Thunder host the Houston Rockets - winners of 15 straight games - on Tuesday.

The Trail Blazers visit the Lakers on Monday for a quick one-game road trip. Los Angeles has won five in a row.

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Key Players
R. Westbrook
0 PG
D. Lillard
0 PG
36.5 Min. Per Game 36.5
26.5 Pts. Per Game 26.5
6.5 Ast. Per Game 6.5
4.6 Reb. Per Game 4.6
44.1 Field Goal % 44.5
44.1 Three Point % 44.7
73.8 Free Throw % 91.3
  Team rebound 0:00
  Paul George missed 3-pt. jump shot 0:00
+ 1 CJ McCollum made 2nd of 2 free throws 0:02
+ 1 CJ McCollum made 1st of 2 free throws 0:02
  Personal foul on Jerami Grant 0:02
+ 2 Russell Westbrook made dunk 0:04
+ 1 Evan Turner made 2nd of 2 free throws 0:09
+ 1 Evan Turner made 1st of 2 free throws 0:09
  Personal foul on Steven Adams 0:09
  Team rebound 0:15
  Russell Westbrook missed 3-pt. turnaround jump shot 0:16
Team Stats
Points 100 108
Field Goals 40-91 (44.0%) 39-88 (44.3%)
3-Pointers 6-27 (22.2%) 11-33 (33.3%)
Free Throws 14-21 (66.7%) 19-23 (82.6%)
Total Rebounds 55 56
Offensive 9 14
Defensive 31 33
Team 15 9
Assists 18 20
Steals 6 6
Blocks 6 8
Turnovers 12 15
Fouls 21 21
Technicals 1 0
30 PTS, 11 REB, 6 AST
28 PTS, 8 REB, 6 AST
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away team logo Thunder 37-28 28222525100
home team logo Trail Blazers 37-26 25283025108
Team Stats
away team logo Thunder 37-28 111.6 PPG 48.9 RPG 22.9 APG
home team logo Trail Blazers 37-26 112.3 PPG 49.5 RPG 20.9 APG
Key Players
R. Westbrook PG 22.1 PPG 10.6 RPG 10.2 APG 44.7 FG%
C. McCollum SG 21.2 PPG 3.9 RPG 2.4 APG 46.4 FG%
Top Scorers
R. Westbrook PG 30 PTS 11 REB 6 AST
C. McCollum SG 28 PTS 8 REB 6 AST
44.0 FG% 44.3
22.2 3PT FG% 33.3
66.7 FT% 82.6
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
R. Westbrook 34 30 11 6 0 1 4 4 12/31 1/5 5/7 2 9 50 -7
P. George 37 21 7 4 0 1 3 2 8/19 0/7 5/6 0 7 34 0
P. Patterson 33 12 6 0 0 1 1 2 5/8 2/3 0/0 0 6 18 -7
S. Adams 36 12 7 1 2 1 1 4 4/9 0/0 4/6 4 3 23 -8
J. Huestis 23 3 2 1 0 0 1 1 1/4 1/2 0/0 1 1 6 +2
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
R. Westbrook 34 30 11 6 0 1 4 4 12/31 1/5 5/7 2 9 50 -7
P. George 37 21 7 4 0 1 3 2 8/19 0/7 5/6 0 7 34 0
P. Patterson 33 12 6 0 0 1 1 2 5/8 2/3 0/0 0 6 18 -7
S. Adams 36 12 7 1 2 1 1 4 4/9 0/0 4/6 4 3 23 -8
J. Huestis 23 3 2 1 0 0 1 1 1/4 1/2 0/0 1 1 6 +2
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
J. Grant 26 13 4 2 0 2 1 2 6/9 1/4 0/2 1 3 22 -1
R. Felton 22 9 1 2 1 0 0 1 4/8 1/3 0/0 0 1 15 +2
C. Brewer 11 0 1 1 2 0 1 4 0/2 0/2 0/0 0 1 4 -14
A. Abrines 14 0 1 1 1 0 0 1 0/1 0/1 0/0 1 0 4 -7
K. Singler - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Roberson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Johnson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
P. Dozier - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Hamilton - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Ferguson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Anthony - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
N. Collison - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 236 100 40 18 6 6 12 21 40/91 6/27 14/21 9 31 176 -40
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
C. McCollum 37 28 8 6 1 2 2 1 10/20 2/8 6/6 1 7 49 +3
D. Lillard 36 20 1 7 1 1 3 2 5/18 2/8 8/9 0 1 34 -1
E. Turner 32 17 3 2 0 1 1 3 6/10 3/4 2/2 1 2 24 +3
J. Nurkic 18 9 7 1 0 0 3 4 4/11 0/0 1/4 2 5 15 -11
A. Aminu 19 3 6 0 1 0 1 2 1/7 1/3 0/0 2 4 9 -13
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
C. McCollum 37 28 8 6 1 2 2 1 10/20 2/8 6/6 1 7 49 +3
D. Lillard 36 20 1 7 1 1 3 2 5/18 2/8 8/9 0 1 34 -1
E. Turner 32 17 3 2 0 1 1 3 6/10 3/4 2/2 1 2 24 +3
J. Nurkic 18 9 7 1 0 0 3 4 4/11 0/0 1/4 2 5 15 -11
A. Aminu 19 3 6 0 1 0 1 2 1/7 1/3 0/0 2 4 9 -13
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
Z. Collins 28 12 5 1 0 2 2 2 5/6 2/2 0/0 1 4 19 +17
S. Napier 14 7 1 1 0 0 1 0 2/4 1/3 2/2 0 1 9 +13
E. Davis 20 6 10 0 0 1 1 4 3/4 0/0 0/0 5 5 16 +18
P. Connaughton 23 6 4 2 2 1 1 2 3/6 0/3 0/0 2 2 16 +12
M. Leonard 8 0 2 0 1 0 0 1 0/2 0/2 0/0 0 2 3 -1
B. Rush - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Harkless - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Layman - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Wilcox - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Swanigan - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
W. Baldwin IV - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 235 108 47 20 6 8 15 21 39/88 11/33 19/23 14 33 194 +40