Cavaliers knock off Trail Blazers
Damian Lillard returned for the Trail Blazers, but that wasn't enough.
Lillard had missed two games with back spasms. He finished with 23 points in 36 minutes, but started slowly, and Portland lost 110-104 Saturday night on the road to the Cleveland Cavaliers
Carmelo Anthony played in his third game for the Blazers, starting for the third time, and had 11 points on 5-for-15 field-goal shooting in 34 minutes at power forward.
Also for the Blazers, CJ McCollum had 20 points.
Portland fell to 5-12.
Cleveland (5-11) was without power forward Kevin Love, nursing a sore back.
The Cavaliers got 28 points off the bench from guard Jordan Clarkson and 25 points from center Tristan Thompson.
The Blazers, who had lost three consecutive games, went to 1-4 on a six-game trip that ends at Chicago at 5 p.m. Monday.
The Blazers and Cavs were even at 19-19 after one quarter, despite Lillard getting only one point (0 of 3 from the field, 1 of 2 on free throws) in 12 minutes.
At the half, the Cavaliers had a 49-42 lead, with Lillard 1 of 7 from the floor and at four points in 16 minutes and no one in double figures for scoring on the Portland side.
Cleveland, after building a 15-point advantage, led 76-69 after three quarters, with Lillard up to seven points on 2-for-11 shooting in 28 minutes.
Lillard ended the game 7 of 20, making 4 of 9 from 3-point range.
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