NBA Game Summary - Cleveland at Portland
(Wednesday, January 17th)
Final Score: Portland 94, Cleveland 76
Portland, OR (Sports Network) - Zach Randolph scored 26 points and pulled down 12 rebounds, as the Portland Trail Blazers rolled to a 94-76 victory over the road-weary Cleveland Cavaliers.
Brandon Roy added 19 points and 10 rebounds for the Trail Blazers, who wrapped up a three-game homestand at 2-1 while winning for just the second time in six games.
"Tonight we had to follow our leader Zach," said Roy. "He did a great job of pounding inside, pounding those guys inside and leading with energy and not just scoring. We followed tonight and had a great effort."
LaMarcus Aldridge had 14 points off the bench, and Sergio Rodriguez added nine assists. Portland was again without guard Jarrett Jack, who suffered a concussion in a car accident last Friday.
LeBron James scored 23 points and added six rebounds for the Cavaliers, who were playing the fifth game of their season-long seven-game road trip, losing for the third time.
It didn't help that Cleveland was playing in a place where it has had little success recently, losing for the seventh time in its last eight games at Portland.
Larry Hughes netted 17 points as Cleveland made just 23 of its 65 shot attempts (35.4 percent) in the game. The club ended 28-of-45 from the free throw line.
Cleveland shot just 2-of-14 from the field -- both jumpers by James -- in the first quarter en route to falling behind 18-9. Ime Udoka and Roy combined for 11 points in the first 12 minutes for the Trail Blazers.
"We want to play well every night," Portland head coach Nate McMillan said. "It's exciting to get the win. We're trying hard to play better at home. We came out with a much better effort tonight but the challenge is coming out defensively every night."
The Cavaliers got it going in the second though, and outscored Portland 28-23 to get back in the game. Down 10 with under nine minutes left in the frame, Cleveland went on a 7-2 run, as two free throws by Hughes cut the deficit to 26-21.
A layup by Aldridge later upped the Trail Blazers' lead to 40-31 with under two minutes to play in the half, but Cleveland netted six of the quarter's final seven points to trail 41-37 at the break.
Cleveland's shooting problems returned in the third quarter though. The club hit just five shots from the floor in the frame, and the Trail Blazers took advantage to stretch their lead to 70-51 heading into the final frame after scoring 29 points in the third.
Two of the Cavs' five buckets came in the first minute, as Cleveland got within 44-42 after layup and free throw by Zydrunas Ilgauskas. Portland went on to net the next nine points -- five from Dan Dickau -- as Cleveland didn't find the scoreboard again until a free throw by Hughes with 7:03 on the clock.
Four straight points by Roy late in the frame pushed Portland's lead to 66-48. The Cavaliers never threatened in the final frame.
Udoka finished with 12 points, while Juan Dixon had nine points off the bench...Portland shot 46.3 percent from the floor...Daniel Gibson had 10 points in defeat...Cleveland shot 2-of-12 from three-point range...The Cavs wrap up their road trip with games at Denver and Golden State...The Cavaliers had just seven assists, tying an all-time opponent low against the Trail Blazers. The Cavs also had seven assists in a 109-67 loss in Portland in 1977.
01/18 01:45:25 ET