McCollum stars for Blazers


November 08, 2016
AP Los Angeles Lakers guard Lou Williams (left) drives to the basket against Phoenix Suns centre Alex Len (21), of Ukraine, during the first half of a NBA basketball game in Los Angeles. Lakers won 119-108.

MEMPHIS, Tennessee (AP):

Damian Lillard had his lowest-scoring game of the season. CJ McCollum made up the difference by matching the best game of his NBA career.

McCollum scored 37 points, 16 in the fourth quarter, to help the Portland Trail Blazers beat the Memphis Grizzlies 100-94 on Sunday.

He had 10 straight Portland points in the closing minutes to put the game away, and also matched his career best with six 3-pointers. Lillard added 19 points and seven assists, and Maurice Harkless finished with 18 points.

Marc Gasol led Memphis with 21 points, and Mike Conley added 16 points and seven assists. Zach Randolph had 15 points and seven rebounds.

The Utah Jazz had a 114-109 win over the Knicks, with Gordon Hayward scoring 28 points in his season debut and George Hill contributing 23 points and nine assists.

Carmelo Anthony and Kristaps Porzingis each had 28 for the Knicks, and Derrick Rose added 18 as New York slipped to its third loss in four games.

Rudy Gay scored 23 against his former team, helping the Sacramento Kings to a 96-91 win over the Toronto Raptors to end a four-game losing streak.

The Dallas Mavericks won the first time this season, with Harrison Barnes scoring a career-high 34 points in the 86-75 overtime victory against Milwaukee.

Elsewhere, the Nuggets had a 123-107 win over an injury-depleted Boston Celtics and the Lakers moved above .500 for only the second time in nearly three years with a 119-108 win over the Phoenix Suns.

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