CJ McCollum makes history with 25 threes in first five games of a season originally appeared on NBC Sports Northwest
Have yourself a great start to the season CJ McCollum!
After hitting two quick three-pointers in the first quarter against the Golden State Warriors Friday, McCollum became just the second player in NBA history to reach 25+ threes in the first five games of a season.
The only other player to reach such a deep feat is Steph Curry.
So that’s fitting.
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Not to mention, McCollum was also showing off his deep range with two of the best in Curry and Damian Lillard witnessing McCollum’s impressive shooting Friday.
Heading into Friday’s game, McCollum was averaging 47.8 percent from long distance through his first four games.
During training camp, the Trail Blazers starting shooting guard said that staying healthy and shooting more threes were a couple of his goals for this season.
So far in this young season, McCollum is showing with this three-point efficiency and shouldering a lot of the Blazers' scoring load that he should be considered a Western Conference All-Star.
McCollum wasn’t the only one making it rain from deep.
The Trail Blazers started hot as a team hitting seven of their first eight as a team. Jusuf Nurkic, Robert Covington and Derrick Jones Jr. joined in on the fun.
Lillard was the only starter to not hit a three in the first quarter – just think about that. That’s pretty crazy.
McCollum finished the first quarter with 16 points on 6-of-8 shooting from the field with four three-pointers.
Behind McCollum’s hot shooting, Portland took a 36-21 lead after the first 12 minutes.
It was the first time all season that the Blazers took a first quarter lead.