Friday, Feb. 12: Trail Blazers 129, Cavaliers 110
The skinny: Playing well offensively and defensively, the Trail Blazers dispatched of the Cleveland Cavaliers, 129-110, Friday at Moda Center.
The Blazers (15-10) won all three home games, and now head out on a three-game road trip.
Portland burst to a double-digit lead in the first quarter and never looked back in beating the Cavaliers (10-17).
Four players scored 20 or more points: Gary Trent Jr. scored 26 points, including four 3-pointers; Carmelo Anthony, who had a strong homestand, had 24 points; Enes Kanter had 21 points and 13 rebounds, going 9 of 11 from the field; Damian Lillard had 20 points, although he went 0 of 6 on 3-pointers, and added nine assists.
They trailed off some, but the Blazers still shot .518 from the field (13 of 35 3-pointers, .371) and made 30 of 33 free throws.
Collin Sexton had 25 points and Jarrett Allen 22 for Cleveland. Portland held Cleveland to .437 shooting (8 of 23 3-pointers, .348).
Strong bench: Along with Anthony's contribution, the Blazers also got 16 points from Anfernee Simons and 10 rebounds from Harry Giles off the bench.
Injury story: Nassir Little (left knee sprain) returned to the lineup after missing five games, his first game since scoring 30 points at Milwaukee. CJ Elleby, who missed Thursday's win against Philadelphia (illness), also played. They both made a basket.
Rodney Hood left the game with a sore left foot.
Among the missing players for Cleveland was Lake Oswego High alum Kevin Love (right cal strain).
Next up: The Blazers play at Dallas, 4:30 p.m. Sunday in the first of three games on the road.
The Mavericks have been surging, moving to 13-14 after Friday's 143-130 win over New Orleans.
Luka Doncic had 46 points, eight rebounds and 12 assists. Kristaps Porzingis had 36 points.
The Blazers play at Oklahoma City on Tuesday and New Orleans on Wednesday.
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