McCol­lum’s 40 points power Blaz­ers past Bucks

Among his myr­iad high­lights, a wicked move around Donte DiVin­cenzo that brought the Bucks rookie to his knees

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CJ McCol­lum scored 40 points Tues­day as the Port­land Trail Blaz­ers cooled off the red-hot Mil­wau­kee Bucks with a 118-103 NBA vic­tory.

McCol­lum con­nected on 17 of 23 at­tempts from the field, in­clud­ing five of 10 from three­p­oint range, as the Trail Blaz­ers im­proved to 8-3 and handed Gian­nis An­te­tok­oun­mpo and the Bucks just their se­cond de­feat of the sea­son.

“It’s a great win for us,” said McCol­lum, who scored 19 points in the third quar­ter alone.

Among his myr­iad high­lights, a wicked move around Donte DiVin­cenzo that brought the Bucks rookie to his knees.

“When­ever you see a rookie you’ve got to be aggressive, at­tack them, make them move their feet,” McCol­lum said.

It was a break­out per­for­mance for McCol­lum, who had strug­gled to find his shoot­ing touch in the first 10 games of the sea­son.

He added six as­sists and five re­bounds as the Trail Blaz­ers snapped a four-game los­ing streak to the Bucks.

“I just tried to be aggressive and take ad­van­tage and help the team get a win,” McCol­lum said.

Evan Turner posted his first dou­ble-dou­ble of the sea­son with 16 points and 11 re­bounds, also hand­ing out four as­sists for the Blaz­ers. Damian Lil­lard, Jusuf Nur­kic and Jake Lay­man also scored in dou­ble fig­ures.

An­te­tok­oun­mpo led a trio of Bucks play­ers to score in dou­ble dig­its with 23 points, along with nine re­bounds and six as­sists.

Mean­while, Luka Don­cic scored 23 points to lead five Dal­las play­ers in dou­ble fig­ures as the Mav­er­icks snapped a sixgame skid with a 119-100 vic­tory over the Wash­ing­ton Wizards.

Don­cic, the 19-year-old Slove­nian rookie, added six re­bounds and three as­sists for the Mavs. Wes­ley Matthews added 22 points and Den­nis Smith con­trib­uted 19 — mak­ing a trio of cru­cial plays down the stretch as the Mav­er­icks thwarted Wash­ing­ton’s bid to rally in the se­cond half.

“It’s been a long time since we won a game,” Mav­er­icks coach Rick Carlisle said. “Feels good.”

The Wizards trailed by as many as 24 in the first half and were down 70-49 at half­time.

But they piled on the pres­sure in the se­cond half, and trailed by just six with 5:33 to play when Smith got past Dwight Howard for an of­fen­sive re­bound and fed DeAn­dre Jor­dan for a dunk that stretched Dal­las’ lead to 101-93.

Less than a minute later Smith con­nected with Jor­dan on an al­ley-oop dunk, and Smith came up with a steal to feed Harrison Barnes for a three­p­oint play that pushed the Mavs lead to 106-93. “Re­silience,” Carlisle said of what he saw from his team.John Wall led the Wizards with 24 points. Otto Porter Jr. and Bradley Beal had 19 each, al­though Beal strug­gled from three-point range, mak­ing just one of nine.

In Char­lotte, Kemba Walker scored 29 points, and the host Char­lotte Hor­nets pulled away from the At­lanta Hawks in the fourth quar­ter for a 113-102 vic­tory on Tues­day night.

The Hor­nets went on a 17-4 run early in the fourth to turn an 84-83 deficit into a 100-88 lead, and they went on to lead by as many as 15 points from there.

Marvin Wil­liams played a key role in the rally, with eight fourth-quar­ter points, in­clud­ing two 3-point­ers. He fin­ished with 20 points for the game.

Walker came into the game av­er­ag­ing 28.0 points per game, fifth best in the NBA, but he had not hit his av­er­age in any of the pre­vi­ous three games. He fin­ished the night 12 of 22 from the field and 4 of 10 from 3-point range. He also had seven as­sists, three re­bounds and three steals.

The Hor­nets got 13 points apiece from Jeremy Lamb and Ma­lik Monk, and 10 points from Nicolas Ba­tum, who also hit a key 3-pointer in the fourthquar­ter surge.

The Hor­nets have won two straight and three of their past four. The Hawks have now lost five of their past six.

Jeremy Lin led the Hawks with 19 points. Trae Young had 18 points and 10 as­sists but scored only four in the se­cond half. Kent Baze­more fin­ished with 16 points, and Alex Len scored 12.

The Hawks led 25-23 after one quar­ter and 54-51 at half­time. The Hor­nets scored the first nine points of the third quar­ter and went on to lead 8177 after three. At­lanta led 84-83 after Alex Poythress’ 3-pointer with 10:04 re­main­ing be­fore the Hor­nets re­grouped and went on their run. The Hawks were with­out Tau­rean Prince (an­kle), John Collins (an­kle) and Justin Anderson (leg). The Hor­nets con­tinue to be healthy, and they have not lost a player to in­jury for any game this sea­son.

The Hawks will re­turn home to face the New York Knicks on Wed­nes­day. The Hor­nets closed out a 3-1 home­s­tand. They will open a three-game road trip to­mor­row at Philadel­phia.

Port­land Trail Blaz­ers guard CJ McCol­lum (3) looks for an open­ing as he is guarded by Mil­wau­kee Bucks’ Gian­nis An­te­tok­oun­mpo (34), Mal­colm Brog­don (13) and cen­ter Brook Lopez (11) at Moda Cen­ter on Tues­day. PIC­TURE: Troy Wayry­nen-USA TO­DAY Sports

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