Despite a 19-point lead earlier in the second half, the Blazers didn't clinch their 11th win in the past 12 games until the final minutes. McCollum's three, off the Plumlee assist, gave the Blazers a 104-101 lead; Portland would not trail again.
On the previous play, Plumlee teamed up with Damian Lillard for a sweet backdoor layup that briefly gave the Blazers a two point lead.
Lillard and McCollum were spectacular all night for the Blazers. Both finished with 34 points - the second time this season the duo has each topped the 30-point mark in the same game. This was also Lillard's fifth consecutive game with 30 or more points.
Damian Lillard is the 1st @trailblazers player with 5 straight 30-point games since Geoff Petrie in 1970-71.— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) February 24, 2016
McCollum was especially prolific in the first half, heading to the locker room with 21 points and four three-pointers. In addition to the outside shooting, he took advantage of lax Nets interior defense on several occasions.
That exceptionally nasty move was certainly not in his repertoire last season!
Off the bench, Moe Harkless provided the top non-Lillard/McCollum highlight via the energy and defensive hustle that have become his calling card in recent weeks.
Despite their prolific scoring, the game was not all smiles and sunshine for Lillard and McCollum. Mid-way through the third quarter Lillard drove to the lane and appeared to very slightly hyperextend his right knee.
Lillard stayed in the game but showed signs of discomfort most of the rest of the way. The Blazers also surrendered a double-digit lead shortly after Lillard's awkward fall, before pulling away in the final minute.
The Blazers play next against the Houston Rockets on Thursday night at 10:30. The game will be nationally televised on TNT.