Former Portland Trail Blazers great CJ McCollum is an NBA scoring machine. Now with the New Orleans Pelicans, McCollum knocked down a career-high 11 3-pointers to go along with 42 points in a 127-116 win over the Philadelphia 76ers last Friday, marking the sharpshooter’s latest 40-point game and 10th of his NBA career.
Six years ago, on this day, Jan. 1, 2017, McCollum recorded the first 40-point game of his career with the Blazers in a 95-89 win against the Minnesota Timberwolves. With Damian Lillard sitting out with an injury, McCollum unleashed for 43 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists.
Jan 1 2017 - @CJMcCollum scored 43 points in the @trailblazers 95-89 victory over the @Timberwolves. It was the first of eight times McCollum hits the 40-point milestone with the #Blazers#RipCity https://t.co/2nn6LuIZJp— Blazers History (@77Blazers) January 2, 2023
As the Twitter post by @77Blazers states above, it was the first of eight 40-point games McCollum put up with the Blazers. At the time, the game marked McCollum’s career-high for points in a game. A year later, he would set a new career-high with 50 points in a game against the Chicago Bulls.
Here’s a full highlight video of McCollum’s 2017 performance against Minnesota, for those who want to take a stroll down memory lane (Spoiler Alert: There’s a lot of midrange jumpers).