The Portland Trail Blazers completely dismantled the Cleveland Cavaliers in their 111-70 victory on Thursday night. The Blazers held the Cavs to three players in double-digit scoring, none of which had over 14 points, and 35.6% from the field.
Portland caught fire quick, taking a 33-4 lead in the first quarter and shooting 82 percent from the field for most of the period. LaMarcus Aldridge finished with a double-double, 20 points and 11 rebounds, in what he called the "most comfortable" win of the season.
Gerald Wallace also had his best game as a Blazer, putting up 16 points, six rebounds, six assists, two steals and two blocks; a well-rounded game for a well-rounded player.
"Our main thing was not to disrespect Cleveland, but just to focus on what we needed to do," Wallace said in an interview after the game.
Coach Nate McMillan warned the team not to take Cleveland lightly, and they heeded his advice, stomping on the opponent while they were down.
The stingy Portland defense limited Cleveland to a mere 21-of-59 from the field and 3-of-15 from three. Wesley Matthews and Nicolas Batum both scored 14 points, and Rudy Fernandez and Patty Mills scored 13 and 11 points, respectively off the bench.
The leading scorer for Cleveland was Ramon Sessions who had 14 points, shooting 6-of-6 from the foul line. Daniel Gibson had 12 points, and the rest of the team had forgettable performances.
"Our team is just so soft mentally its unbelievable," said Coach Byron Scott after the game. "Guys didn't have any focus on what we were doing, and it trickled down from one guy to the last guy. We got exactly what we deserved."
This was just a great win for the Blazers. Though it was over the worst team in the NBA, the Blazers needed a win like this going forward.
They've got two games against the Spurs, and two games against the Thunder in the next five matches. But if they're going to come out on top over those dominant Western Conference powerhouse teams, Brandon Roy, who only had two points in 14 minutes, is going to have to step up.
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