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CJ McCollum’s Career Night Propels Blazers Past Bulls 124-108

CJ McCollum scored 50 points, including 28 in the first quarter, to lead the Blazers to victory over the Chicago Bulls.

Chicago Bulls v Portland Trail Blazers Photo by Cameron Browne/NBAE via Getty Images

CJ McCollum scored a franchise-record 28 points in the first quarter on his way to a career-night 50 points, paving the way to a lopsided 124-108 victory against the Chicago Bulls. Damian Lillard pitched in 13 points and 7 assists. For the Bulls, Zach LaVine had 23 points.

Jusuf Nurkic may have suffered an injury and left early for the locker room.

A first quarter for the record books

The story of this game was, by far, CJ McCollum and the first quarter. And what a first quarter it was to remember. McCollum scored a franchise-record 28 points as the Blazers tallied 43 in the quarter that was full of McCollum heat-checks. It was reminiscent of past Blazers glory:

More importantly, Portland’s sizzling start zapped any early confidence the Bulls had to stay competitive in this game. The Blazers ended the first half up 67-44 with McCollum scoring 32 in 24 minutes.

A most lopsided, beautiful stat sheet.

Here were the stats at the half.

No letdown tonight

Unlike last night in L.A. against the Clippers, there were no last minute scares for the Blazers. McCollum had another dazzling moment to end the third quarter, scoring his 50th point. The fourth quarter was pretty ho-hum as McCollum sat and the reserves took to the court, including sightings of Moe Harkless and Noah Vonleh. The Blazers kept the lead above 20 most of the way to an easy victory.

Box Score

The Blazers hit the road for three out east. Up first are the Toronto Raptors on Friday. Tip off is at 4:30PM. Stay tuned for a full analysis of this game and more.