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CJ McCollum scored 23 of his 35 points in the fourth quarter to lead the Portland Trail Blazers to a 125-104 victory over the host Los Angeles Clippers on Tuesday night.
Damian Lillard recorded 20 points and 12 assists as Portland won for the eighth time in the past 11 games. Jusuf Nurkic added 20 points and 12 rebounds, Enes Kanter contributed 14 points and nine rebounds and Seth Curry scored 10 for the Trail Blazers.
Montrezl Harrell registered 22 points and 11 rebounds, and Lou Williams added 18 points for Los Angeles, which had a five-game winning streak halted. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander scored 15 points, Landry Shamet added 11 and Ivica Zubac had 10 points and 15 rebounds.
Portland (41-26) is tied for fourth place in the Western Conference with the Oklahoma City Thunder. The Clippers (39-30) are in seventh place.
The Trail Blazers outscored Los Angeles 40-20 in the final quarter to pull away.
The Clippers trailed 95-94 after Garrett Temple’s basket with 8:50 remaining before Portland answered with a 15-3 run.
McCollum scored 13 points during the surge and connected on three 3-pointers, the final one giving Portland a 110-97 advantage with 5:40 remaining.
A short time later, McCollum made three free throws after being fouled while shooting a 3-pointer, and Jake Layman followed with a trey to give the Trail Blazers a 116-99 lead with 4:34 to play.
McCollum scored his final basket with 2:51 left, and coach Terry Stotts pulled him 20 seconds later.
McCollum was 6 of 11 from 3-point range for the Trail Blazers, who were 12 of 31 from long range. Portland shot 49 percent from the field.
Los Angeles shot 40 percent from the field but was a stellar 9 of 15 from 3-point range.
McCollum missed his first seven field-goal attempts of the game until knocking down a 3-pointer with 2.7 seconds left in the first half. He finished 12 of 21.
The Clippers were 7 of 10 from 3-point range while building a 52-50 halftime edge. Portland was just 4 of 17 from behind the arc in the half.
The Trail Blazers opened up a 79-72 lead on Nurkic’s inside hoop with 3:40 left in the third quarter.
Los Angeles moved within one when Williams split two free throws with 1:04 left and again trailed by one at 85-84 entering the final stanza.
—Field Level Media