PORTLAND, Oregon — CJ McCollum scored 31 points to lead the Portland Trail Blazers past the Brooklyn Nets 130-116 on Saturday night.
Al-Farouq Aminu made five 3-pointers and finished with 23 points off the bench as well as a team-high six rebounds for Portland, which won consecutive games for the first time since a three-game win streak from Jan. 21-27.
The Blazers went 16 of 25 (64 percent) on 3-pointers and shot 57 percent from the field overall.
With its win and Denver’s loss to Charlotte on Saturday night, the Blazers moved within 1 1/2 games of the Nuggets for the final playoff spot in the Western Conference.
Brook Lopez led the Nets with 26 points.
Lopez got things started for the Nets on a positive note with a three-point play on the first play of the game — but that would be Brooklyn’s largest lead.
Portland led by as many as 15, shooting 75 percent from the field in the first quarter. The Blazers cooled considerably in the second, allowing the Nets to close the gap to one at halftime.
With less than two minutes left in the first quarter, Allen Crabbe bruised his left leg in a collision with teammate Meyers Leonard. Crabbe was on the floor for several minutes and had to be helped to the locker room, but did return.
Published at Sun, 05 Mar 2017 06:51:16 +0000