CJ McCollum was magnificent down the stretch of tonight's 112-106 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies. He scored the first three baskets of overtime on an array of dribble moves over several different defenders. Those six points proved to be the decisive margin as the Grizzlies only scored four points in the extra session.
The game was exceptionally wild throughout and featured 17 lead changes and 18 ties. Even after McCollum's explosive start to overtime the Blazers required a little bit of luck to avoid a second overtime period.
The game also featured a buzzer beating tip-in by Allen Crabbe at the end of regulation to force the first overtime. Frustratingly for Memphis fans, the slow motion replay revealed that Jeff Green may accidentally have scored the basket for the Blazers.
McCollum was 4-12 from the field entering the fourth quarter, before scoring 12 points over the last 17 minutes on 6-12 shooting. He finished 21 points and six assists. Before McCollum took over down the stretch, Lillard led the way for the Blazers by scoring 28 points in the first three quarters. He would finish with 33 points.
In addition to the on-court fireworks from the players, the officials contributed some "questionable" calls down the stretch. For example, this inadvertent whistle cost the Blazers a transition opportunity and forced Head Coach Terry Stotts to call a timeout he hoped to save:
The official NBA two-minute report will be worth investigating when it is released tomorrow.