CJ McCollum rides record stanza to 50-point game despite sitting entire 4th quarter

Portland guard CJ McCollum had a monster night.

The Trail Blazers sharpshooter scored a career-high 50 points on 18-of-25 shooting from the field, including 6-of-9 three-pointers as Portland walloped the Chicago Bulls, 124-108.

And he sat the entire fourth quarter.

Portland’s starters got a breather in the fourth, thanks mostly to McCollum putting the Bulls out of reach early.

The Bulls had no answers for CJ McCollum on Wednesday. (AP Photo/Craig Mitchelldyer)
The Bulls had no answers for CJ McCollum on Wednesday. (AP Photo/Craig Mitchelldyer)

McCollum did most of his damage in the first quarter, which was one for the record books. While Portland posted a 43-19 advantage after one, McCollum had a nine-point lead over the Bulls by himself.

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“The guys did a good job of getting me open,” McCollum told NBC Sports Northwest of his hot start. “I had some good looks early. … Once I’d seen the ball go in, I knew it was going to be a good night.”

McCollum’s 28-point first quarter was good for the highest individual score in a quarter in team history. That’s more points than Clyde Drexler, Bill Walton, Brandon Roy or teammate Damian Lillard have ever scored in a single stanza for the Blazers.

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The number’s also good for a record by any player against the Bulls in a quarter and set a season-high for a quarter by any player this year in the NBA.

He did it on 11-of-14 shooting from the field, including 4-of-5 from distance. It was a career night for McCollum.

Imagine what he’d have done it he played in the fourth.

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