Dan Woike asked NBA players to tell us about the best game in their basketball career. This week: C.J. McCollum.
March 7, 2012: Lehigh 82, Bucknell 77
29 points, five assists, three rebounds, three steals, two blocks, 39 (out of 40) minutes
Portland Trail Blazers guard CJ McCollum came from the tiny Patriot League to be one of the NBA’s most consistent scoring guards, capable of combustion for big nights in a blink, like he did last season in a game against the Chicago Bulls when he scored 28 points in the first quarter on his way to 50. But if it wasn’t for the conference championship game he called his “best ever,” he might not have gotten the chance to burst onto the radar by scoring 30 points in a NCAA tournament upset of Duke.