CJ McCollum detonated for a career-high 50 points Wednesday night, leading the Portland Trail Blazers past the visiting Chicago Bulls 124-108.
McCollum only needed 29 minutes to do his work.
The explosive guard scored 28 points in the first quarter alone.
Per The Oregonian:
“During the game I looked up and was like, I can get like 40,” McCollum said. “Ed (Davis) was like, ‘Nah, you need to get 50.’ Dame (Lillard) was like, ‘Get 50.’ I was like, OK, I’ll get 50 then if you guys want me to.”
McCollum made 18 of his 25 shot attempts, and splashed in nine three-pointers.
He left the arena cradling the game ball that sat in his locker, while everyone else departed a witness to a rarity: McCollum joins Golden State’s Klay Thompson as the only players in NBA history to score 50 in 30 minutes or less.