CHICAGO — Carmelo Anthony scored 25 points in just his fourth game of the season, CJ McCollum added 21 and the Portland Trail Blazers beat the Chicago Bulls 117-94 on Monday night.
Damian Lillard had 13 points and 12 assists as Portland snapped a four-game losing streak.
Anthony was 10 for 20 from the field, including 4 of 7 on 3-pointers. He now has 25,615 career points to move ahead of Alex English (26,613) into 18th place on the NBA’s career scoring list.
Zach LaVine had 18 points for Chicago, which has dropped two of three. LaVine was just 1 for 5 on 3-pointers two days after making 13 of 17 while scoring a career-high 49 points Saturday at Charlotte.
Anthony, who signed with the Trail Blazers on Nov. 19, got off to a fast start with 12 points in the first 6½ minutes of the game.
Chicago led 28-27 at the end of the first quarter before Portland took command early in the second. The Blazers led by as 13 points before the Bulls scored 11 straight to pull within 50-48.
Portland closed the first half with a 12-6 spurt for a 62-54 halftime advantage.
The Trail Blazers further stretched the lead in the third, taking a 90-68 advantage — their biggest to that point — on Anthony’s three-point play with 1:27 to go in the quarter.
Early in the fourth, Anthony hit a 3-pointer to move past English and give Portland a 100-77 lead.
The 35-year-old exited the game for good shortly after that. The United Center crowd started chanting “We want Melo! We want Melo!” midway through the fourth.
The Trail Blazers led by as much as 28 points.
Raptors 101, 76ers 96: TORONTO — Pascal Siakam scored 25 points, Fred VanVleet added 24 and the Toronto Raptors held Joel Embiid scoreless for the first time in his career. Rondae Hollis-Jefferson had 16 points and 10 rebounds for the Raptors, who posted their 14th consecutive home victory over the 76ers.
Bucks 122, Jazz 118: MILWAUKEE — Giannis Antetokounmpo scored a season-high 50 points and grabbed 14 rebounds for his 17th consecutive double-double to help Milwaukee rally past Utah for its eighth consecutive victory.
Celtics 103, Kings 102: BOSTON — Jaylen Brown scored 24 points, Jayson Tatum had 20 and Boston held off Sacramento Kings despite a career-high 41 points from Buddy Hield.
Heat 117, Hornets 100: MIAMI — Bam Adebayo scored 21 points and grabbed 13 rebounds, Jimmy Butler also scored 21 points and Miami remained unbeaten at home by topping Charlotte.
Nets 108, Cavaliers 106: CLEVELAND — Spencer Dinwiddie hit a fadeaway jumper with 1.9 seconds remaining to give Brooklyn its fourth straight victory. Cleveland erased a 106-97 deficit with just over 2 minutes left and tied the game on Collin’s Sexton’s free throw with 21 seconds to play.
Pacers 126, Grizzlies 114: INDIANAPOLIS — T.J. Warren scored 26 points to lead the Indiana past Memphis. Jeremy Lamb had 19 points and Aaron Holiday added 16 points off the bench for the Pacers, who have won three straight and seven of nine. Jared Jackson Jr. scored 28 points, Ja Morant had 19 points and 10 rebounds, and Brandon Clarke scored 17 points on 8-of-9 shooting for the Grizzlies, who have lost four straight.
Timberwolves 125, Hawks 113: ATLANTA — Karl-Anthony Towns had 28 points and 13 rebounds, Andrew Wiggins added 25 points and Minnesota rode three big offensive quarters to rally past Atlanta. Trae Young scored 37 points for the Hawks, who outscored the Timberwolves 34-16 in the second quarter. But Minnesota had 38 points in the first quarter, 39 in the third and 32 in the fourth against one of the NBA’s weakest defensive teams and snapped a two-game skid.
Pistons 103, Magic 88: DETROIT — Luke Kennard scored 20 points and Blake Griffin added 17 to lead Detroit past Orlando. The Magic were held to 15 points in the third quarter and 33 in the second half.
Thunder 100, Warriors 97: SAN FRANCISCO — Chris Paul hit a 19-footer with 36 seconds left to put Oklahoma City ahead and Alec Burks missed a contested shot in the paint moments later on the other end, sending the Thunder to their first road win of the season