Portland snapped a three-game losing streak and extended Brooklyn’s skid to four.
Damian Lillard added 18 points for the Trail Blazers, and Allen Crabbe had 14. Crabbe signed a four-year, $75 million restricted free-agent offer sheet with Brooklyn before Portland matched in the offseason.
McCollum made four 3-pointers and scored 12 points in the third quarter to help the Trail Blazers take a 99-84 lead into the fourth.
McCollum extended Portland’s lead to 22 by making a driving layup and then sinking a free throw.
Trail Blazers: Coach Terry Stotts praised the growth of Mason Plumlee as a playmaker. “What we use the most is his playmaking ability, his passing. We give him the freedom to get a rebound and take it up. We play through him out on the perimeter because he’s a good passer. He sees the game. I think he helps our perimeter guys get better shots because of his playmaking, passing and rolling, rolling to the weak side.” … Al-Farouq Aminu (left calf) and Festus Ezeli (left knee) were inactive.
Nets: Coach Kenny Atkinson left the door open for former No. 1 overall pick Anthony Bennett to have an expanded role going forward. “That was a pleasant surprise to see Anthony come in and help us out. We’ll keep looking at it. We’re going to keep looking at our rotations and, really, we want to give guys opportunity. When we see something in practice, when we see another guy might need a rest, I think we’re always looking at giving our guys opportunities. Yes, you’ll see him and other guys thrown in there at times.” … Jeremy Lin (strained left hamstring) and Caris LeVert (left foot rehab) were inactive.
“Jeremy is progressing well,” Nets coach Kenny Atkinson said. “I can’t give you a timetable or an update in terms of a specific day he’s back. I just think he’s progressing on schedule.”