McCollum Ties Career High in Trail Blazers Win in Memphis

Lehigh's C.J. McCollum answers a question during a news conference in Greensboro, N.C. March 17, 2012 (AP Photo/Gerry Broome, File)
(AP Photo/Gerry Broome, File)

PORTLAND, Ore — (KOIN)  Trail Blazers guard CJ McCollum tied his career high of 37 points in Portland’s 100-94 win in Memphis against the Grizzlies on Sunday afternoon.

The win capped the Blazers first road trip of the season.  Portland finished with two wins and one loss, an overtime defeat to the Phoenix Suns on November 2 .  Portland hosts the Suns in its next game on Tuesday.

McCollum hit on six of his 12 3-point attempts in the game and scored 16 of his 37 points in the decisive fourth quarter to help the Blazers win. The game featured 13 lead changes and 12 ties before Portland pulled away in the fourth quarter.

McCollum’s six 3-pointers also tied a career high.

Damian Lillard had an off-night compared to his games so far this season.  Lillard totaled 19 points and added seven assists. He is second in the NBA in scoring, averaging 34.2 points per game.

Lillard managed to tough it out after injuring his left thumb in the first half and rolling his left ankle in the second.

Maurice Harkless finished with 18 points, and played a key role on the defensive end of the ball.

Harkless, along with backup center Ed Davis, helped the Blazers register one of the team’s best defensive games of the season so far.  The Grizzlies shot just 38-percent from the field on Sunday.

After the game, head coach Terry Stotts said “Dallas for the most part was a good defensive game and I thought tonight we competed all night.”

Former Portland Trial Blazer Zach Randolph had 15 points and seven rebounds in his new role off the bench this season.

“That second unit, they really rely on Zach Randolph. They play through him, he gets his touches and they expect him to score in his eight to ten minutes out there. I thought Ed [Davis] really took the challenge, one-on-one challenge in the second half” Stotts said.

Marc Gasol led Memphis with 21 points.

Forward Chandler Parsons, who spurned Portland in the offseason to sign with Memphis, made his season debut after sitting out the Grizzlies first six games with injury.

He missed all eight of his field goal attempts and finished with no points in 22 minutes of action.