Trail Blazers 108, Cavaliers 96

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PORTLAND -- Forward LaMarcus Aldridge scored nine straight points as the PORTLAND Trail Blazers finished on a 12-0 run in a 108-96 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Wednesday night at the Moda Center.

Aldridge scored 32 points and grabbed 18 rebounds for the Trail Blazers (29-9), who also got 28 points, six rebounds and five assists from guard Damian Lillard.

Forward Luol Deng scored 25 points and guard Kyrie Irving added 21 for the Cavaliers (14-25), playing the second of back-to-back games after a 120-118 win over the Los Angeles Lakers on Tuesday night.

The first half featured an entertaining shootout between young point guards Lillard and Irving. Lillard scored 20 points to pace PORTLAND to a 52-50 lead at halftime while Irving tallied 15 for the Cavaliers. Aldridge had 13 points and six rebounds at the break for the Blazers.

Cleveland jumped in front 75-69, but the Blazers closed the third quarter with an 8-0 run, Aldridge scoring on a rebound basket at the buzzer for a 77-75 lead.

PORTLAND's lead was 86-80 early in the fourth quarter, but the Cavaliers tied it at 88 with 6:16 remaining. The teams battled back and forth until Aldridge sank a 3-pointer, then -- with the score tied 96-96 -- hit a pair of free throws with 2:31 left to push the Blazers in front 98-96. On their next two possessions, Aldridge sank an 18-footer from the top, then converted a left-handed drive to extend the margin to 102-96 with 1:28 to go.

When guard Wesley Matthews drained a 3 to make it 105-96 with 58 seconds left, it was over.

Cleveland was in front 27-26 after a tightly contested first quarter, Deng scoring 10 points on 4-for-4 shooting to lead the way.

The Cavaliers, with guard Dion Waiters scoring seven straight points, went on an 11-0 run to go in front 38-30 early in the second quarter. It was 46-38 when the Blazers seized momentum, outscoring the visitors 16-4 the rest of the period as Lillard knocked down three straight 3-pointers.

NOTES: F Luol Deng, playing in his fourth game with Cleveland since being acquired in a trade with Chicago, has averaged 16.3 points in his three games with the Cavaliers, including 27 in a 120-118 win over the Lakers on Tuesday night in Los Angeles. "He brings professionalism on and off the floor," Cleveland coach Mike Brown said. "You know what you're going to get from him every night. He's a great example for our young guys to look up to. He gives it to you on both ends of the floor. He's been in big games, in winning situations. That can rub off on everybody." ... While the Cavaliers are playing the second of back-to-back games and the third game on a four-game road trip, the Blazers have had three days off since a 112-104 win over Boston on Saturday. "We've had 15 guys for practice (Monday and Tuesday)," PORTLAND coach Terry Stotts said. "In all my time in the NBA, I don't know if I've had 15 guys for practice in January. We've had very good, competitive practices and have gotten a lot of work done."

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