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Portland at Cleveland

LeBron records 24th career triple-double in Cavaliers' overtime win

CBSSports.com wire reports
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CLEVELAND -- Despite getting his 24th career triple-double, LeBron James was more impressed by the Cleveland Cavaliers tying the NBA record for fewest turnovers.

James had 26 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists to lead the Cavaliers to a 97-92 overtime victory against the Portland Trail Blazers on Thursday night. Cleveland committed only two turnovers, setting a franchise record and matching the mark set by Milwaukee against Indiana on April 1, 2006.

"That's good basketball. We did a good job protecting the ball," James said. "It's all about the team."

Cleveland, won its seventh straight and 10th in the last 11, nearly broke the record, but Mo Williams' pass while trying to run out the clock hit the backboard and was picked up by the Trail Blazers.

The Cavaliers are 31-1 at home and have a 4½-game lead over Boston for the top spot in the Eastern Conference.

James, who had his seventh triple-double this season, scored six points in the overtime period. His driving basket in the lane after the Cavaliers won the jumpball put Cleveland ahead for good. Zydrunas Ilgauskas added a free throw and a basket, pushing the lead to 91-86 lead with 3:15 left. James hit two more baskets as the Cavaliers outscored Portland 11-6 in the extra session.

Ilgauskas finished with 21 points.

Cleveland, which made only four of 21 shots in the first period, couldn't hold an eight-point lead in the fourth.

"It was an ugly ballgame, but you've got to win ugly sometimes," said Cleveland coach Mike Brown, who recorded his 200th career victory.

James scored twice late in regulation to give Cleveland an 86-82 lead, but Brandon Roy, who led Portland with 24 points, hit four free throws in the final 34 seconds -- the last two coming with 3.4 seconds left -- to tie the game.

Roy faked James into the air and his foot barely straddled the 3-point line when contact was made, sending Roy to the line for the tying free throws.

"He wasn't going to let me make a walkoff 3 on him," Roy said of James. "As soon as I did my last move, I went for the pump and he went for it. It's almost like he knew I was going to shoot a 3 and he was timing it. I got up in the air, and he did a somewhat good job of going straight up. So I had to lean into him a little bit. That's when my toe went over the line."

James missed a running 12-footer and the game went into overtime. Ever the perfectionist, James found fault with himself for missing the shot.

"I make those shots all the time," he said. "It was just a little short."

LaMarcus Aldridge and Nicolas Batum, Portland's starting forwards, missed the game because of injuries. Both players were injured in the fourth quarter of Wednesday night's 95-85 win over Indiana. Aldridge, the Trail Blazers' second-leading scorer, suffered a concussion while Batum, Portland's best perimeter defender, sprained his left ankle.

Channing Frye, who scored 14 points, started in Aldridge's spot while Travis Outlaw, who added 17, started for Batum.

"You've gotta make plays down the stretch and we didn't do it," Portland coach Nate McMillan said. "They did. They made buckets when they needed to, they got stops when they needed to."

Greg Oden, who played one season at Ohio State, had seven points and nine rebounds in 12 minutes for Portland. He was playing his second game after missing 15 games with a bone chip in his left knee.

Notes

  • Portland finishes its trip Saturday at Milwaukee.
  • Cavaliers F Anderson Varejao banged his right leg into Oden in the first quarter and was on the floor for several minutes. He played the second half with a sleeve on his leg.
  • Cavaliers G-F Wally Szczerbiak is out for up to three weeks with a sprained left knee.
  • Cleveland's all-time record for home wins is 37, set in 1988-89. The Cavaliers are two wins shy of their all-time mark (57) for a season.
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LeBron has another triple-double, but is more pleased with the Cavs' mere two turnovers. (Getty Images)
LeBron has another triple-double, but is more pleased with the Cavs' mere two turnovers. (Getty Images)

Scoreboard
Portland (43-26) 19172129692
Cleveland (55-13) «122231211197
POR:B. Roy 24 Pts
POR:J. Przybilla 11 Reb
POR:S. Blake 7 Ast
CLE:L. James 26 Pts
CLE:L. James 11 Reb
CLE:L. James 10 Ast
Players of the Game
ClevelandPortland

L. James

B. Roy
PtsRebsAstPtsRebsAst
2611102477
Portland
T. Outlaw, SF477-182-270117
B. Roy, SG476-1611-1177224
S. Blake, PG445-100-057412
J. Przybilla, C354-45-8110413
C. Frye, PF347-150-040414
R. Fernandez, SG371-60-04313
G. Oden, C121-45-89057
J. Bayless, PG50-10-01000
S. Rodriguez, PG41-20-02222
R. LaFrentz, PFDid Not Play
M. Ruffin, CDid Not Play
M. Webster, SGDid Not Play
S. Randolph, PFDid Not Play
L. Aldridge, PFDid Not Play
N. Batum, SFDid Not Play
Totals 32-7623-2950192392
 42.1%79.3% 
Cleveland
L. James, SF4710-226-111110426
M. Williams, PG434-152-263212
D. West, SG414-141-22239
A. Varejao, C323-82-29048
Z. Ilgauskas, C298-135-650221
S. Pavlovic, SG240-31-22261
D. Gibson, PG243-60-02138
J. Smith, PF195-52-230312
D. Jackson, PF60-00-00020
E. Snow, PGDid Not Play
B. Wallace, CDid Not Play
L. Wright, CDid Not Play
W. Szczerbiak, SFDid Not Play
T. Kinsey, SFDid Not Play
J. Hickson, PFDid Not Play
Totals 37-8619-2740182997
 43.0%70.4% 
Other Games
Dal 87 Final
Atl 95
GS 106 Final
LAL 114