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McCollum sizzles in Blazers' win

PORTLAND — While Damian Lillard rehabs a left foot injury, C.J. McCollum and Allen Crabbe are providing a lift for the Portland Trail Blazers.

McCollum scored 29 points, Crabbe had 20 and Portland beat the Denver Nuggets 110-103 on Wednesday night for their third consecutive victory.

"We look forward to having Damian back. It's cliche, but everybody has kind of picked up their game a little bit," Portland coach Terry Stotts said.

At the forefront is McCollum, who moved from shooting guard to the point in Lillard's absence. McCollum, who nearly got a triple double in Sunday's win over Sacramento, was 12-for-19 shooting against Denver.

McCollum said his role has changed into someone trying to get everyone to share the ball, while keeping a scorer's mentality.

"I like how he's scoring without necessarily forcing the issue. He's picking his spots well, he's running the team well," Stotts said. "He's playing with a lot of composure and confidence, not only as a scorer, but as a point guard."

Lillard missed his fifth straight game with left foot plantar fasciitis. Portland lost at Atlanta and New Orleans in the first two games with Lillard out, but then rebounded with victories against Cleveland, Sacramento and Denver for its first three-game win streak since early November.

Crabbe has started the past five games. He has scored at least 20 points in two of the three wins.

"It's what I've been waiting for since I got into the league. A lot of hard work is paying off," Crabbe said. "We're out there moving the ball, executing and the game is just fun for us right now."

Six Blazers scored in double figures against the Nuggets, including 14 points from Al-Farouq Aminu.

Portland trailed 27-26 after one quarter, but took control midway through the second quarter and led by as many as 16 points early in the fourth. Denver cut the deficit to 98-93 with 5:05 remaining after running off 11 consecutive points, but McCollum hit a 20-footer and Crabbe made a 3-pointer, and the Blazers had the lead back to 103-93.

MAVERICKS 114, WARRIORS 91: At Dallas, Golden State Warriors flopped without Stephen Curry, getting blown out for just their second loss of the season as Dallas' J.J. Barea scored 23 points. Curry missed his first game of the season with a lower left leg bruise that might keep the NBA's leading scorer and reigning MVP out again Thursday at Houston. But the Warriors (29-2) still have the best 31-game start in NBA history, a game better than four teams.

LAKERS 112, CELTICS 104: At Boston, Kobe Bryant had 15 points and 11 rebounds for Los Angeles. Bryant played 33 minutes and had his first double-double. Jordan Clarkson scored 24 points, and Lou Williams had 19 to help Los Angeles stop a four-game slide.

SPURS 112, SUNS 79: At San Antonio, LaMarcus Aldridge had 21 points and 12 rebounds and San Antonio earned its 19th straight home win to start the season. The Spurs also extended their franchise-record home winning streak to 28 straight games dating to last season. Phoenix has lost six straight.

BULLS 102, PACERS 100, OT: At Chicago, Jimmy Butler tipped in a basket with 1.2 seconds left in overtime and Chicago won without Derrick Rose. On the final play, Butler tipped in Pau Gasol's lob from atop the key. Butler scored 28 points, and Aaron Brooks had 29 for Chicago. Rose sat out with hamstring tendinitis.

RAPTORS 94, WIZARDS 91: At Toronto, DeMar DeRozan had 34 points, six rebounds and five assists for Toronto. DeRozan went 15-for-15 at the free-throw line as Toronto won its fifth straight regular-season game against the Wizards, who swept the Raptors in the first round of the playoffs last season.

CLIPPERS 122, HORNETS 117: At Charlotte, N.C., J.J. Redick scored 26 points, and Austin Rivers added a season-best 22 for Los Angeles. Chris Paul had 19 points and 11 assists for the Clippers, and DeAndre Jordan finished with 13 points and 13 rebounds.

MAGIC 100, NETS 93: At Orlando, Nik Vucevic had 20 points and nine rebounds in Orlando's comeback victory. Evan Fournier added 17 points and five assists for Orlando, which has won seven of nine. Brooklyn led by as many as 13 but fell part down the stretch, going 3-for-20 from the 3-point line.

TIMBERWOLVES 94, JAZZ 80: At Minneapolis, Karl-Anthony Towns had 25 points and 10 rebounds and Minnesota outlasted Utah. Ricky Rubio tied a career high with 17 assists, and Andrew Wiggins scored 17 points on 6-for-17 shooting for the Timberwolves.

76ERS 110, KINGS 105: At Sacramento, Calif., Ish Smith scored five of his 18 points over the final 3½ minutes and Jamari Grant made three late free throws for Philadelphia. The 76ers have won two of their past three games since acquiring Smith in a trade with New Orleans, improving their NBA-worst record to 3-31.

Portland guard C.J. McCollum, right, shoots over Denver guard Jameer Nelson during the second half in Portland on Wednesday. THE ASSOCIATED PRESS