A win is a win, and this was a good one for the Trailblazers despite the painful defensive-minded slog of the first half.
BOXSCORE | Q’s POST GAME RECAP
Portland 98, Cleveland 78
When: 9:00 PM ET, Sunday, January 8, 2012
Where: Rose Garden, Portland, Oregon
Officials: #54 Derrick Collins, #22 Bill Spooner, #31 Scott Wall
The Trail Blazers won the battle of talent, athleticism, and style, and blew away the Cavaliers by 20 points in this one.
With a little help from LaMarcus Aldridge and some forced turnovers leading a big third quarter, Portland remains unbeaten at the Rose Garden with a 98-78 rout.
1. The Fast Break
This was a battle of styles as Cleveland likes to shoot and depends on the three as much as anybody in the league, while the Blazers defend that shot as well as anybody in the league.
So, the Blazers needed fast break points, and they got ‘em as they blew the doors off of the Cavaliers on the break, scoring 22.
2. Defense and inside play
Portland held Cleveland to 12.5 percent shooting from the arc.
That spells “win”, even before you factor in the Blazers forcing 24 turnovers, staying even with Cleveland on the boards, and scoring 50 in the paint to the Cavs’ 46.
1. Paltry first half
The Blazers finished the half shooting 39 percent. And that was after Portland tore up the nets in the final minutes of the second quarter with a 12-3 run.
The score was 42-35 Portland at the break, not much to be proud of.
After having a breakout game against his former team the Denver Nuggets with 23 points, Felton’s offense production has waned, as he went 1-9 for 2 points with 7 assists and 5 turnovers against the Cavs.
Get ready sports fans, the Blazers have another home date, this time a revenge match against the Los Angeles Clippers.
Then they will welcome Orlando to the Portland Rose Garden in an all important test before embarking on an excruciating six-game road trip.