NBA Game Summary - Cleveland at Portland
(Sunday, January 10th)
Final Score: Cleveland 106, Portland 94
Portland, OR (Sports Network) - LeBron James came just shy of a triple-double and scored 31 points in the first half, as Cleveland used a late run to beat Portland, 106-94, for the Cavs' sixth straight win over the Blazers.
James finished with 41 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists for the Cavs, who surged thanks to an 11-0 spurt in the final quarter. They've won nine of 11 and improved to 1-1 on a five-game road trip. Mo Williams added 16 points, Anderson Varajao 12 and Shaquille O'Neal 11 with 11 rebounds.
"In order to get road wins you have to come out aggressive and that was just my whole mindset to come into the game," James said. "We continue to execute offensively, guys continue to rotate, we made shots and then on the defensive end we got stops. That's what it's about. You have to get stops to win close games, especially on the road and especially in the fourth quarter."
Brandon Roy scored 34 points to lead the Blazers, who have lost three of four and are 1-2 on a five-game homestand. LaMarcus Aldridge contributed 18 points and 13 rebounds, while Andre Miller had 14 points and eight assists.
Martell Webster poured in 12 points in defeat.
"It was difficult because we made a big run there in the second half and the energy was there in the building," Roy said. "They did a good job of slowing us down. They put Shaq back in the game and kind of pounded us inside. It was a tough game but I have to give our guys credit. They fought. Martell, I think he did a great job in that second half with slowing LeBron down...31 in the first half and 10 in the second...give him a lot of credit. And our bigs, they did a good job of fighting. They fought with those big dudes tonight."
Cleveland led by four to start the fourth quarter and scored the first five points of the final period for an 87-78 advantage.
Portland, though, answered with a 9-0 run that was keyed by Roy's 3-for-3 shooting for seven points. His three with 6:55 left tied the game, 87-87.
The Cavs later put the game away with an 11-0 run to take a 100-89 lead with 2:14 to play. Varejao's layup began the spurt with six minutes left to put Cleveland ahead by a pair, and Williams' three provided a six-point advantage. James finished the spurt with a deep jumper for points 38 and 39 to seal Portland's fate.
The Cavs used a 14-4 run in the game's early moments to take a 16-8 lead on J.J. Hickson's dunk. Portland cut its deficit to one later, but Cleveland held a 34-29 advantage after 12 minutes.
After Jerryd Bayless made two free throws to start the second, the Cavaliers scored the next 12 points, with James' driving layup providing a 46-31 lead with 8:11 to go. The visitors led by that same 15-point margin, 64-49, at halftime.
The Blazers put together a run to draw to within four after three quarters. Cleveland held a 13-point lead, 76-63, after a James layup, but Portland scored the next 11 points, with a pair of Webster threes drawing the Blazers to within 76-72 before a Miller layup made it a two-point game.
Williams' deep jumper with 10.6 ticks left gave the Cavs an 82-78 edge after the quarter.
The Cavs also face Golden State, Utah and the Clippers on their road trip. They are 15-7 on the road...Portland will finish its homestand against Milwaukee and Orlando...Cleveland shot 50.0 percent from the field, while Portland shot 51.4 percent.
01/11 00:38:30 ET