Pelicans' CJ McCollum (lung collapse) scores 20 points in return to lineup

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Javian Mccollum fights off defender for and-1 (0:21)

Javian Mccollum fights off defender for and-1 (0:21)

After missing more than three weeks because of a collapsed lung, New Orleans Pelicans guard CJ McCollum made his return to the lineup Wednesday against the Philadelphia 76ers, scoring 20 points in the 124-114 win.

McCollum played 28 minutes, shooting 7-of-16 from the field and adding five assists.

"I felt like a kid again," McCollum said. "After being injured, and the type of injury that it was, I'm just thankful I can play at a high level."

McCollum has averaged 21.7 points and 5.7 assists for the Pelicans this season, who have gone 5-7 in his absence this month.

For the Sixers, star center Joel Embiid was a late scratch due to an illness. He was replaced in the starting lineup by Marcus Morris Sr., who had seven points in 17 minutes.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.