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Recap: Blazers Stay Hot, Roll Over Bulls 124-112

Portland used a strong second half and an empowered bench to down the visiting Chicago Bulls.

NBA: Chicago Bulls at Portland Trail Blazers Steve Dykes-USA TODAY Sports

Nothing quite like the bottom of the Eastern Conference to cure what ails you.

CJ McCollum had 24 points, the Portland Trail Blazers bench had 54 points, and the Blazers took down the Chicago Bulls, 124-112, Wednesday night at the Moda Center.

Zach Collins had 16 points and played strong defense, while Damian Lillard had 16 points and 10 assists. Zach LaVine had 18 points, and Wendell Carter Jr. had 22 points for Chicago in the losing effort.

Here are tonight’s takeaways:

  • Red Hot Curry Sauce: Seth Curry and Nik Stauskas combined for 25 points as the Blazers second unit recovered some of that early season mojo. Overall, the bench outscored the Chicago bench, 56-41.
  • Range Issues: Portland continued to struggle from three-point range in the first half, with only Curry and Lillard hitting from range. The team recovered in the second half, but the inconsistency continues to plague them.
  • McCollum Winning Back Support: CJ McCollum’s shooting from inside the arc is the highest of his career, and he continued that pace, hitting 8 of his 10 shots from within the arc. Good to see McCollum finding ways to score even when the three isn’t dropping.

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The Blazers cap off their homestand against the Charlotte Hornets on Friday.