C.J. McCollum scores 50, sits entire fourth quarter


C.J. McCollum scored 50 points.

And then the third quarter ended.

McCollum didn’t return to the Trail Blazers’ 124-108 win over the Bulls on Wednesday. His 28-point first quarter long ago turned the game into a rout.

Shooting 12-of-16 on 2-pointers, 6-of-9 on 3-pointers and 8-of-8 on free throws, McCollum was incredibly efficient. It didn’t take long to make his outing historic.

McCollum played just 29:16. Only Klay Thompson (60 points in 29:03) played less in a 50-point game in Basketball-Reference‘s database, which dates back to the 1983-84 season.

Here are the fewest minutes played in 50-point games since then: