NBA Game Summary - Portland at Cleveland
(Thursday, March 19th)
Final Score: Cleveland 97, Portland 92 (OT)
Cleveland, OH (Sports Network) - LeBron James recorded the fourth triple- double in his last seven games, and the Cleveland Cavaliers committed only two turnovers on the way to a 97-92 overtime win over Portland at Quicken Loans Arena.
The two turnovers tied an NBA record for fewest in a game, while James took advantage of the offensive security and finished with 26 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists. Zydrunas Ilgauskas added 21 points for the Cavs, who won their seventh in a row to move to 31-1 at home. Mo Williams and Joe Smith totaled 12 points each.
The Cavs won for the 11th time in 12 tries overall, as head coach Mike Brown got his 200th career coaching victory in only his fourth season at the position.
"It's nice to win a bunch of ballgames, but I have one goal in mind and that's to win a championship," Brown said. "Having said that, 200 wins in the amount of time that we've been here is nice."
Brandon Roy poured in 24 points, seven boards and as many helpers for the Blazers, who are 3-3 over their last six games. Travis Outlaw donated 17 points and Channing Frye had 14 in defeat. Joel Przybilla chipped in 13 points and 11 boards.
Steve Blake had 12 points and seven assists for Portland, which is a game behind Denver for the top spot in the Northwest Division.
"We had a shot," Blazers head coach Nate McMillan said. "I thought our guys came out and they played. We gave ourselves a chance and down the stretch, we needed to execute. We missed some shots down the stretch. We have to make plays down the stretch and we didn't do it; they did."
Down by four late in the game, Outlaw hit a jumper and Roy added two free throws to tie it at 82 with 1:59 left to play.
James then poured in a layup with 76 seconds left, and, on Portland's next touch, James blocked Outlaw's three-point attempt.
The Cavs brought the ball upcourt and James sank a running bank shot to make it 86-82 with 36.1 seconds left.
Roy knocked down a pair of free throws on the Blazers' next possession, and James missed a jumper for the Cavs. The visitors brought the ball upcourt with a chance to tie and called a timeout with 6.8 seconds left.
After the stoppage, Roy took the inbounds pass and dribbled around the top of the arc before getting fouled by James with 3.4 seconds left. He hit both shots to tie it up.
James' running layup caromed off the rim and the teams headed for overtime.
James started the extra frame with a layup and Ilgauskas followed with three points to make it 91-86 with 3:23 left in OT.
Three points from Przybilla made it a two-point game, but James had six straight points to put the game away.
The Blazers were up 19-12 after the first quarter, and led 36-34 at the break.
Delonte West's three-point play tied the game up at 47 with 7:18 left in the third frame.
Moments later, Ilgauskas' hook shot gave the Cavs a 51-49 advantage.
Cleveland outscored Portland 7-2 to close out the third, as the home team assumed a 65-57 lead after three quarters.
Przybilla's jumper, Rudy Fernandez's three and Roy's trey tied the game at 74 with about five minutes left to play.
Prior to the game, Cleveland recalled forward Darnell Jackson from the Erie Bayhawks of the NBA D-League...It was the 24th triple-double of James' career and seventh on the season...The Central Division-champion Cavaliers moved to 3-0 on a four-game homestand...The Blazers fell to 2-2 on a five-game road trip...Portland fell to just 15-20 on the road compared to their stellar 28-6 mark at the Rose Garden this season...The Blazers will finish their trip with a visit to Milwaukee...The Cavs have won four straight over the Blazers, including a 104-98 win in Portland on January 21.
03/20 01:52:41 ET