McCollum scores 31 as Trail Blazers edge Jazz 115-111
PORTLAND, OR - FEBRUARY 21: C.J. McCollum #3 of the Portland Trail Blazers high fives teammate sagainst the Utah Jazz on February 21, 2016 at the Moda Center in Portland, Oregon. (Photo by Sam Forencich/NBAE via Getty Images)
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) C.J. McCollum scored 31 points, including two clinching free throws with 2.7 seconds left, and the Portland Trail Blazers beat the Utah Jazz 115-111 on Sunday night.
Damian Lillard had 30 points and five assists for Portland, which has won 14 of 17 overall. Reserve Maurice Harkless scored 17 points, and Ed Davis had 11 on 4-for-4 shooting.
Lillard made a tiebreaking layup with 23.4 seconds left and McCollum hit two foul shots to give Portland a 113-109 lead. After Derrick Favors scored for Utah, McCollum made two more free throws to clinch the win for the Trail Blazers.
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Favors paced the Jazz with 22 points and eight rebounds. Gordon Hayward scored 21 points for Utah, which lost for the third time in four games and is in ninth place in the West.