Originally written on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 1/17/13
PORTLAND, Ore. -- Near the end, when the Cleveland Cavaliers had squandered all of a 19-point lead and fallen behind, Kyrie Irving came to the rescue. The second-year point guard scored 31 points, and Cleveland held off a late Portland rally to win 93-88 Wednesday night at the Rose Garden. Irving scored eight straight points down the stretch as the Cavaliers (10-31) won after losing their first three games on their five-game road trip. Tristan Thompson added 19 points and 14 rebounds for Cleveland. Portland (20-19) lost its fourth consecutive game despite having all five starters score in double figures. Nicolas Batum had 23 points and 12 rebounds but also nine turnovers. Damian Lillard's step-back 18-footer with 2:07 remaining gave the Trail Blazers an 86-85 lead with 2:07 to play -- their first advantage since the game's early going. Irving came back with two baskets, and the Cavaliers sewed up the win with four straight free throws in the closing seconds. "The last ...
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