The Associated Press

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LOS ANGELES — Portland’s C.J. McCollum missed his first seven shots against the Los Angeles Clippers. He got hot though in the second half and cooled off the Clippers.

McCollum made 12 of his last 14 shots from the field and finished with 35 points Tuesday night, and the Trail Blazers took control in the fourth quarter and beat the Clippers 125-104 to snap their five-game winning streak.

“He never lost confidence, took the shots that were there and got us over the hump,” Portland coach Terry Stotts said. “I think he was confident that the looks he had (in the first half) were good. He’s too good of a shooter to not take the next one.”

McCollum — who has six games this season where he has scored 35 points or more — took control of the game during the fourth quarter as the Trail Blazers broke things open with a 21-5 run. Portland led 95-94 with 8:50 remaining before going on a 15-3 spurt that included 13 straight points by McCollum, including three 3-pointers.

Three of McCollum’s four best games against the Clippers have come this season. The sixth-year guard is averaging 25.8 points against the Clippers this season as the Blazers took three of four.

“I knew I missed a lot of open shots. I just ride the wave though and understand the kind of player that I am,” McCollum said. “I took my time and had some great looks that started to fall.”

Also Tuesday:

Lakers 123, Bulls 107: CHICAGO — LeBron James had 36 points and 10 rebounds, and the Los Angeles Lakers overcame a 20-point deficit to end a five-game losing streak.

Nuggets 133, Timberwolves 107: DENVER — Jamal Murray scored 19 of his 30 points in the second half, Mason Plumlee dished out eight of Denver’s season-high 40 assists and Denver cruised to the victory.

Bucks 130, Pelicans 113: NEW ORLEANS — Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 24 points and Milwaukee used a 45-point third quarter to pull away from New Orleans. Khris Middleton had 23 points, Malcolm Brogdon added 18, and Eric Bledsoe and former Pelicans forward Nikola Mirotic each scored 14 for the Bucks. Brook Lopez finished with 13.

76ers 106, Cavaliers 99: PHILADELPHIA — Ben Simmons scored 26 points, Joel Embiid had 19 rebounds and made some big plays down the stretch, and Philadelphia held off Cleveland.

Spurs 112, Mavericks 105: DALLAS — DeMar DeRozan scored 33 points, LaMarcus Aldridge added 28 and San Antonio beat Dallas.

Pacers 103, Knicks 98: INDIANAPOLIS — Bojan Bogdanovic scored 24 points and Darren Collison made two free throws 19.5 seconds left to lift. Indiana snapped its two-game losing streak and remained tied with Philadelphia for the No. 3 spot in the Eastern Conference. Collison finished with 16 points.

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