Cavaliers vs Trail Blazers: Score, Highlights, Reaction from 2017 Regular Season

January 12th, 2017 by Scott Polacek Leave a reply »

Statement wins in the middle of an NBA season are hard to come by, but the Portland Trail Blazers thoroughly dominated the defending champion Cleveland Cavaliers on Wednesday at the Moda Center, 102-86. 

Portland looked like a legitimate playoff contender as it won its third game in four tries and moved to 18-23 on the campaign. It is still shaking off a slow start to the season, but Wednesday's effort was an indication it can play with the best teams in the league.

The Cavaliers fell to 28-10 and are now 2-3 in their last five. ESPN Stats & Info noted they have also struggled in back-to-backs away from home:

Damian Lillard is often the name that comes to mind with the Trail Blazers, but his talented backcourt mate, C.J. McCollum, did the heavy lifting on the offensive side. McCollum led the way with 27 points on 11-of-20 shooting from the field and 5-of-10 from three-point range. He also mixed in four blocks.

Lillard scored 14 points, while Allen Crabbe added 24 off the bench. Crabbe wasn't the only bench piece to impress for Portland on Wednesday, as Evan Turner dished out 11 assists and ...

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