Originally posted on Fox Sports Ohio  |  Last updated 1/8/12
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- LaMarcus Aldridge had 28 points and eight rebounds and the Portland Trail Blazers got off to a slow start but pulled away to beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 98-78 on Sunday night. Wesley Matthews added 24 points for the Blazers, who led by as many as 24. Kyrie Irving, the top pick in last June's NBA draft, had 21 points -- 11 in the third quarter. Antawn Jamison, who was Cleveland's top scorer going into the game, made a 3-pointer for his only basket of the game, but had 11 rebounds. The Cavaliers were only allowing an average of six fast-break points per game, but Portland had 22 even though the overall pace of the game seemed sluggish. The Blazers are 6-2, with their two losses coming on the road to the Clippers and the Suns. The 102-77 loss at Phoenix on Friday came after a statement-making victory over the Los Angeles Lakers the night before. Cleveland (4-4) was coming off a 98-87 victory at Minnesota on Friday. Portland led by as many as six points in the first quarter, but Cleveland tied it at 24 midway through the second on Ramon Sessions' short jumper and free throw. Both teams played unhurriedly in the first half, and the pace was especially noticeable with Portland because the Blazers have adopted a more up-tempo style this season. Anderson Varejao put the Cavs ahead 32-3 late in the half, but the Blazers went on a 12-3 run capped by Matthews' 3-pointer to lead 42-35 at the break. Jamison, who was averaging 17.9 points, was held scoreless in the first half. Aldridge, Portland's top scorer, hit just three of 10 shots from the floor. The pace picked up in the second half and the Blazers stretched their lead to 53-43 midway through the third quarter on Gerald Wallace's 3-pointer. Wallace finished with 16 points. Nicolas Batum extended Portland's lead to 79-62 with a long jumper in the fourth, and Wallace sealed it with a dunk that made it 85-65. The jam came off a pass by Matthews, who thwarted the Cavaliers by switching direction on the dribble down the court. Cleveland activated 7-foot Turkish center Semih Erden before the game. Erden has not played this season because of a broken right thumb. Erden made an appearance late in the fourth quarter. NOTES: Cleveland was playing the third game of an eight-game road trip. ... Blazers coach Nate McMillan had the Broncos-Steelers NFL playoff game on during his pregame session with reporters, while Scott waited until the game went to overtime to speak. ... The Cavs made rookie forward Mychel Thompson inactive for the game to make way for Erden.
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Terry Francona wearing heart monitor in case of another 'episode'

Albert Almora denies flipping off President Donald Trump during White House visit

Nationals minor league team will give out ‘Ode to Tommy John’ figurines

Blazers post hilarious tweets after acquiring cash from Rockets

Chip Kelly defends Kaepernick: He was not a distraction

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Steve Smith faces suspension should he unretire

Report: Chris Paul ‘despises’ Doc Rivers, had issues with treatment of son Austin

Drew Brees trying to 'save the game' with flag football

Report: Jackson ‘laughing with confidants’ about fleecing Dolan

Report: Blake Griffin may still return to Clippers despite Chris Paul exit

Report: Eight teams already interested in Zach Orr

The 'You get a steal! You get a steal! Everybody gets a steal!' quiz

Rewriting the Hall of Fame rubric for today's pitchers

Top NBA free agents available

Box Score 6/28: New York loses its zen

Although you have seen this start before, this season is no sequel for the Dodgers

The 'Power hitters are coming for that number one spot' quiz

The 10 best sports docs available for streaming

Feeding your roundball addiction through the summer months

BIG3 Referee Hotline Bling: Ricky Davis takes unnecessary shots at Al Harrington

Who won Wimbledon the year you were born?

Box Score 6/27: Monday is for all sorts of ballers

Big3 brings summer festival feel to basketball with barnstorming tour

NBA News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

The 'You get a steal! You get a steal! Everybody gets a steal!' quiz

Rewriting the Hall of Fame rubric for today's pitchers

2017 is not another disappointing sequel for the Dodgers

BIG3 Referee Hotline Bling: Ricky Davis takes unnecessary shots at Al Harrington

The 10 best sports docs available for streaming

Feeding your roundball addiction through the summer months

The 'Power hitters are coming for that number one spot' quiz

Big3 brings summer festival feel to basketball with barnstorming tour

The 'Tonight, we settle the Beard vs. Brodie debate' quiz

2016-17 NBA Awards: The 8th Man Award for most overlooked player this year

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker