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McCollum scores 24 points, Trail Blazers beat Bulls 124-112

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) The Trail Blazers are taking advantage where the schedule allows.

CJ McCollum had 24 points and the Portland Trail Blazers pulled away in the final quarter to send the Chicago Bulls to their fifth straight loss, 124-112 on Wednesday night.

Jusuf Nurkic had 18 points and eight rebounds but got into foul trouble and came up just short of his fifth straight game with 20 or more points. Portland has won three straight and five of its last six games.

Damian Lillard, who leads the team in scoring, said he's been good with letting others take some of the load. Lillard finished with 16 points and 10 assists for his fifth double-double of the season.

''We had a stretch we played against all playoff teams. Not looking down on any of our past few opponents but they've been teams where we've been able to get things that we might not have been able to get against those other teams because we're so familiar with them, their style,'' Lillard said. ''So I've just kind of been letting the game happen, making the right plays and guys have been playing really well.''

Wendell Carter Jr. had 22 points to lead the Bulls in the first of a five-game road trip.

After a tight first half, the Blazers led by as many as 11 points in the third quarter but the Bulls kept the margin from getting any wider until Meyers Leonard's dunk put Portland up 106-94 with just under eight minutes left in the game.

A pair of consecutive 3-pointers from McCollum and Seth Curry put the Blazers up 112-96 and Portland went on to lead by as many as 19 points down the remaining stretch.

''Rebounding and our pick and roll coverage wasn't the best tonight,'' Carter said. ''It was just an effort thing, we didn't stick to the game plan like we were supposed to. We're learning and growing. I have no regrets about what we did tonight. We learn and move on.''

Bulls coach Jim Boylen said before the game that Bobby Portis would be on a 24-minute restriction. Portis returned Sunday from a sprained right ankle that kept him out of seven straight games. He finished with 15 points in 19 minutes against the Blazers.

Portland was without Maurice Harkless, because of left knee soreness. Jake Layman started in his place. Harkless, who had surgery on the knee last March, has missed 14 games this season because of the knee.

The Blazers held a 30-29 edge after a close first quarter but they began to pull away in the second, going up 41-35 after Nic Stauskas' 3-pointer. Portland briefly extended the lead to 10 points and 54-45 but led 56-51 at halftime. CJ McCollum led the Blazers with 12 points at the break, while Zach LaVine had 12 for the Bulls.

Nurkic was called for his fourth foul with 6:30 left in the third quarter and headed for the bench. Portland began to pull away late in the quarter, with Seth Curry's 3-pointer putting the Blazers up 95-85.

In his seven previous games, Nurkic he averaged 21.9 points and 11.9 rebounds. He had 20 points in Portland's 111-101 victory over the Knicks on Monday.

Chicago, which had six players in double figures, fell to the Nets 117-100 on Sunday before embarking on the five-game road trip.

The last time the Bulls were in Portland, in January last year, McCollum had 50 points in a 124-108 Blazers' victory.

TIP-INS

Bulls: Forward Jabari Parker has played in only one of the Bulls' last six games, and has been a coach's decision DNP in eight total games. It has led to speculation that Chicago is seeking to trade the four-year veteran out of Duke. Parker signed a two-year, $40 million deal with the Bulls last July. He has appeared in 30 games with the Bulls this season, with 17 starts, and is averaging 14.9 points and 6.8 rebounds.

Trail Blazers: It was the first of two meetings with the Bulls. Portland won both of the games against Chicago last season. ... Lillard was holding his left arm when he came of the court at the end of the third quarter but Portland's trainers did not attend to him, so it did not appear to be serious. ''I went up for an offensive rebound and my arm got caught up and I turned my elbow a little bit,'' he said.

BENCH RULES: Portland's bench outscored Chicago's bench 56-41. The Blazers improved to 6-0 when the bench has at least 50 points.

''I liked the activity, more than anything else. I liked the activity and the flow of the second unit,'' `Blazers coach Terry Stotts said.

UP NEXT

Bulls: Visit Golden State on Friday night.

Trail Blazers: Host Charlotte on Friday night in the last game of a five-game homestand.

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Key Players
Z. LaVine
8 PG
D. Lillard
0 PG
35.4 Min. Per Game 35.4
26.2 Pts. Per Game 26.2
6.0 Ast. Per Game 6.0
4.6 Reb. Per Game 4.6
45.7 Field Goal % 44.4
46.1 Three Point % 44.6
86.8 Free Throw % 89.7
  Defensive rebound by Meyers Leonard 0:13
  Chandler Hutchison missed floating jump shot 0:15
  Offensive rebound by Chandler Hutchison 0:20
  Shaquille Harrison missed driving layup 0:22
+ 2 Anfernee Simons made floating jump shot 0:29
+ 2 Antonio Blakeney made jump shot, assist by Shaquille Harrison 0:38
  Out of bounds turnover on Anfernee Simons 0:45
  Defensive rebound by Meyers Leonard 0:58
  Cristiano Felicio missed 2nd of 2 free throws 1:01
+ 1 Cristiano Felicio made 1st of 2 free throws 1:01
  Personal foul on Zach Collins 1:01
Team Stats
Points 112 124
Field Goals 43-93 (46.2%) 47-83 (56.6%)
3-Pointers 9-22 (40.9%) 11-26 (42.3%)
Free Throws 17-19 (89.5%) 19-21 (90.5%)
Total Rebounds 42 48
Offensive 10 6
Defensive 27 37
Team 5 5
Assists 22 28
Steals 5 6
Blocks 3 7
Turnovers 12 16
Fouls 18 21
Technicals 0 0
K. Dunn PG 32
15 PTS, 5 REB, 7 AST
16 PTS, 1 REB, 10 AST
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away team logo Bulls 10-31 29223427112
home team logo Trail Blazers 25-17 30263929124
Team Stats
away team logo Bulls 10-31 PPG RPG APG
home team logo Trail Blazers 25-17 109.7 PPG 45.2 RPG 19.8 APG
Key Players
W. Carter Jr. PF 10.3 PPG 7.0 RPG 1.8 APG 48.5 FG%
C. McCollum SG 21.0 PPG 4.0 RPG 3.0 APG 45.9 FG%
Top Scorers
W. Carter Jr. PF 22 PTS 6 REB 1 AST
C. McCollum SG 24 PTS 3 REB 4 AST
46.2 FG% 56.6
40.9 3PT FG% 42.3
89.5 FT% 90.5
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
W. Carter Jr. 22 6 1 7/9 1/1 7/7 2 28 0 0 0 2 4 -13 30
Z. LaVine 18 2 3 6/19 2/5 4/5 2 33 0 0 4 1 1 -13 22
K. Dunn 15 5 7 7/14 1/2 0/0 4 29 2 0 3 0 5 -8 33
L. Markkanen 10 5 2 4/12 0/3 2/2 2 32 1 3 1 1 4 -8 22
C. Hutchison 6 8 1 3/7 0/2 0/0 2 30 0 0 0 2 6 +5 16
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
W. Carter Jr. 22 6 1 7/9 1/1 7/7 2 28 0 0 0 2 4 -13 30
Z. LaVine 18 2 3 6/19 2/5 4/5 2 33 0 0 4 1 1 -13 22
K. Dunn 15 5 7 7/14 1/2 0/0 4 29 2 0 3 0 5 -8 33
L. Markkanen 10 5 2 4/12 0/3 2/2 2 32 1 3 1 1 4 -8 22
C. Hutchison 6 8 1 3/7 0/2 0/0 2 30 0 0 0 2 6 +5 16
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
B. Portis 15 6 0 6/12 3/6 0/0 1 18 0 0 3 3 3 -14 18
A. Blakeney 12 1 1 5/10 0/1 2/2 1 19 0 0 0 0 1 -8 15
S. Harrison 6 1 3 2/5 1/1 1/1 3 14 1 0 1 0 1 +1 13
R. Lopez 4 2 1 2/3 0/0 0/0 0 6 1 0 0 1 1 -3 9
W. Selden Jr. 3 0 0 1/1 1/1 0/0 0 4 0 0 0 0 0 +7 3
C. Felicio 1 1 0 0/0 0/0 1/2 0 4 0 0 0 0 1 +7 2
R. Arcidiacono 0 0 3 0/1 0/0 0/0 1 16 0 0 0 0 0 -13 6
D. Valentine - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Carter-Williams - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Parker - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
B. Sampson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
R. Alkins - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 112 37 22 43/93 9/22 17/19 18 233 5 3 12 10 27 -60 189
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
C. McCollum 24 3 4 10/14 2/4 2/2 1 30 0 0 1 1 2 0 34
J. Nurkic 18 8 1 7/11 0/1 4/5 4 20 1 1 3 0 8 -3 27
D. Lillard 16 1 10 4/12 2/5 6/6 0 33 1 0 2 0 1 +7 36
A. Aminu 8 4 1 2/6 0/2 4/4 0 27 0 3 1 0 4 +5 16
J. Layman 2 2 0 1/4 0/2 0/0 0 17 0 0 0 1 1 -5 4
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
C. McCollum 24 3 4 10/14 2/4 2/2 1 30 0 0 1 1 2 0 34
J. Nurkic 18 8 1 7/11 0/1 4/5 4 20 1 1 3 0 8 -3 27
D. Lillard 16 1 10 4/12 2/5 6/6 0 33 1 0 2 0 1 +7 36
A. Aminu 8 4 1 2/6 0/2 4/4 0 27 0 3 1 0 4 +5 16
J. Layman 2 2 0 1/4 0/2 0/0 0 17 0 0 0 1 1 -5 4
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
S. Curry 17 1 0 7/11 3/5 0/0 4 23 1 0 3 0 1 +15 16
Z. Collins 16 9 4 6/9 2/3 2/2 6 26 1 1 1 2 7 +15 34
M. Leonard 8 6 1 4/4 0/0 0/0 4 18 1 1 2 0 6 +11 16
N. Stauskas 8 3 3 3/4 2/3 0/0 0 15 0 0 0 0 3 +10 17
A. Simons 4 0 0 2/3 0/1 0/0 0 3 0 0 2 0 0 -4 2
E. Turner 2 6 4 1/5 0/0 0/0 2 20 1 1 1 2 4 +13 17
G. Trent Jr. 1 0 0 0/0 0/0 1/2 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 -4 1
M. Harkless - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Swanigan - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
W. Baldwin IV - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 124 43 28 47/83 11/26 19/21 21 235 6 7 16 6 37 +60 220