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McCollum scores 40 points
as Blazers overpower Bucks


CJ McCollum scored 40 points yesterday 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 5-of-10 from three-point 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 3rd 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 6 assists and 5 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 4 assists for the Blazers. Damian Lillard, Jusuf Nurkic and Jake Layman also scored in double figures.*AFP


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