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Blazers vs. Cavaliers Final Score: 101-82; Portland Storms Past Cleveland in Shootout

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The Blazers were red hot from the field, rocking the Cleveland Cavaliers at home.

Wesley Matthews shoots over Shawn Marion during the game Tuesday night
Wesley Matthews shoots over Shawn Marion during the game Tuesday night
Craig Mitchelldyer-USA TODAY Sports

Damian Lillard's poor shooting was not going to last forever.  The Cleveland Cavaliers got to find this out the hard way.

Lillard had 27 points and 7 assists, Robin Lopez had 19, and the Blazers snapped out of their offensive funk with a dominating 101-82 win at Moda Center Tuesday night.

The woes of the first three games seemed to be behind the Blazers as they shot 55% from the field in the first.  Lopez had a field day exploiting Anderson Varejao down low, and Wesley Matthews was 3-of-3 from the field in the quarter.  Unfortunately, as the offense recovered, the defense lapsed for Portland.  The Cavaliers did not miss a shot until 4:15 was left in the quarter, hitting their first ten shots.  Kevin Love and LeBron James had their pick of three-point shots, and the Cavaliers led 34-31 after one quarter.

Whatever was plaguing the Blazers in the first three games infected the Cavaliers in the second as they shot just 6-of-22 in the period, and Portland was more than happy to take advantage.  Lillard had 10 in the period, Lopez and Chris Kaman stayed hot, and the Blazers went into halftime with a 55-50 advantage.

Portland started the third quarter red hot, extending the lead to as high as 13, but some key fouls and a series of turnovers allowed the Cavaliers to stay close.  Lillard continued to shoot well from the field, and the Blazers led by seven at the end of three.

The fourth was all Portland as Nicolas Batum locked down James, forcing three turnovers and several missed shots.  Kyrie Irving was unable to drive against the Blazers defense, and on the other end, Matthews and Lillard shredded the Cavaliers.

Wesley Matthews had 21 points, and Thomas Robinson had eight rebounds off the bench to help the Blazers in the win.

Box Score

Gameday Thread Comments Of The Night

I absolutely cannot go through another few years of "Big 3 this, Big 3 that". But what choice do I have?
by RipCityLifer!

Nice to see Dame doing positive things out there. It’s been a rough start to the season.
by Eric Osborne

Post-Game Reaction

VIDEO: Nicolas Batum leaks out for the fast break dunk.

VIDEO: Robin Lopez blocks Shawn Marion's shot out of bounds.

VIDEO: Damian Lillard speaks with Michael Holton after tonight's game.

VIDEO: Robin Lopez speaks with the media following tonight's win.

VIDEO: The NBA recaps tonight's game against the Cavaliers.