It simply hasn't been a good stretch for the Portland Trail Blazers and it continued tonight as they fell to a nine-win Cleveland Cavaliers team 93-88 at the Rose Garden, losing their fourth straight game.
The Trail Blazers (20-19) climbed back from a 19-point deficit to take a 86-85 lead over the Cavaliers (10-31) with 2:07 remaining in the game. That would be the closest they would come because Kyrie Irving went for six consecutive points to secure the win for the Cavaliers.
Irving was sensational on his way to 31 points and five assist. He clearly won the point guard matchup tonight with Damian Lillard going three-for-nine from the field and finishing with 13 points and seven assist.
Nicolas Batum led the Trail Blazers with 23 points and 12 rebounds. On a bad note, Batum coughed up the ball nine times. LaMarcus Aldridge had 15 points and 10 rebounds. JJ Hickson put in his 22nd double-double of the season -- 13 points and 11 rebounds.
Wesley Matthews contributed 17 points and six rebounds.
Trail Blazers Head Coach went deep into his bench to rest his main guys after playing last night in Denver. Nolan Smith entered the game as the backup point guard midway in the first quarter oppose to Ronnie Price. To start the second, Stotts went with Smith, Will Barton, Nicolas Batum, Jared Jeffries and Joel Freeland.
The highlight of the night came in the third quarter when Lillard found Hickson trailing on the break. Lillard dropped a bounce pass to Hickson and he grabbed it and took off with two hands and smashed on Alonzo Gee. He was fouled on the play and converted his free throw.
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