The Associated Press
Portland at Cleveland
When: 4 p.m. Tuesday
Radio: KRCO 690-AM, 96.9-FM; KBND 1110-AM, 100.1-FM
CHICAGO — If C.J. McCollum finds a shot he likes, he will not hesitate to take it.
McCollum proved it Monday night when he scored 25 of his 32 points after halftime, including the tiebreaking basket with 56.5 seconds remaining in overtime, and the Portland Trail Blazers beat the Chicago Bulls 124-120.
“I just tried to make plays,” McCollum said. “If I can get a good shot, take it. If not, make the right play. I think guys did a great job of making the game easier for me. If I can get 30 good shots, I’ll take 30 more. If I can get 40 good shots … I’ll take 40.”
Al-Farouq Aminu added a season-high 24 points and Evan Turner also had his season best with 22 for Portland, which was without leading scorer Damian Lilliard for a fifth straight game.
Kris Dunn scored 22 points and Nikola Mirotic had 18 points off the bench for Chicago, which blew a late lead for a second straight game. The Bulls lost for only the fourth time in 14 games since Mirotic returned to the lineup.
Though he missed his first seven shots, McCollum was pivotal as Portland rallied from a six-point deficit in the final 2 1⁄2 minutes of the fourth quarter. McCollum scored the final four points in regulation to tie the score at 112 and answered after Lauri Markannen, who finished with 19 points, made a jumper from the corner that tied it at 120 with 1:14 left in overtime.
McCollum then made his short floater and added a pair of late free throws.
“(McCollum) is a shooter, he’s a scorer and you’ve got to have that mentality,” Portland coach Terry Stotts said. “What I was pleased most about with C.J. was his assists. In the fourth quarter and overtime he made good decisions.”
Raptors 131, Bucks 127: TORONTO — DeMar DeRozan scored a franchise-record 52 points to lift Toronto.
Timberwolves 114, Lakers 96: MINNEAPOLIS — Jimmy Butler scored 28 points as Minnesota won for the seventh time in eight games.
Nets 98, Magic 95: NEW YORK — Rookie Jarrett Allen had a career-high 16 points in the win for Brooklyn.