About Last Night: McCollum catches fire to spark Blazers

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C.J. McCollum is on a roll, and Tuesday night saw him catch fire to save the Trail Blazers in Los Angeles.

McCollum took over in the fourth quarter, scoring 23 of his 35 in the period to help the Blazers beat the Clippers 125-104 and strengthen their bid for home-court advantage in the Western Conference.

After missing his first seven shots of the game, McCollum heated up in the fourth, going 8-for-9 from the field, hitting all four 3-point attempts and helping Portland pull away from the Clippers, who had their five-game winning streak snapped. In one stretch, McCollum scored 13 straight points during a 15-3 outburst that put the game away.

“I don’t doubt myself when I’m missing shots,” McCollum said in a postgame on-court interview.

But McCollum perked up noticeably when asked about another topic – the Cleveland Browns’ reported trade for star wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. McCollum, an Ohio native and big Browns fan, sees good things on the horizon for his favorite NFL team.

“We’ve been struggling on Sundays for a long time now,” McCollum said in a postgame interview. “This last year we turned it around. I’m looking forward to the future. It’s very bright. … OBJ, welcome! … Let’s get it!”

With 15 games left in the season, the future is looking bright for the Trail Blazers, as well. They currently sit fifth in the West with an identical record to the Thunder and just a game behind the Rockets at No. 3.

Check out all the highlights from McCollum’s big night:
 

 

Highlights: McCollum scores 23 of his 35 in fourth quarter


LeBron takes flight in Chicago

With the banged-up Lakers mired in a five-game losing streak, the Lakers needed LeBron James on Tuesday night. And boy did he step up.

James scored 36 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to help the Lakers rally from a 20-point deficit to beat Chicago 123-107 to end their slide.

With the Lakers’ playoff hopes on life support, LeBron played 33 minutes and threw down a ferocious reverse dunk from a Josh Hart off-the-backboard pass that virtually sealed the win.

Leave it to NBAE photographer Nathaniel S. Butler to capture the moment perfectly:

And that might not have been LeBron’s best dunk of the night. Earlier in the game, LeBron finished off an incredible lead pass from Kyle Kuzma, catching the full-court feed off the bounce for another killer r

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