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Blazers win 11th straight with 113-105 victory over Cavs

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) Even Cleveland's late rally couldn't rattle the confident Trail Blazers.

CJ McCollum scored 29 points and Portland won its NBA-best 11th straight game with a 113-105 victory over the Cavaliers on Thursday night.

The Cavs made it uncomfortable for Portland late, when they closed the gap to three points.

''It came at a time when we would have liked it not to come,'' Damian Lillard said. ''We cut it really close. But you can't complain about how you get it - and we got another one.''

Lillard added 24 points for the Blazers, on their longest run since also winning 11 in a row in 2013. It was the Blazers' eighth straight win at home.

LeBron James had 35 points, including a highlight-reel dunk in the first quarter that had the fans at the Moda Center momentarily stunned. He also had 14 rebounds. Kyle Korver added 19 points.

''We sustained our energy, we sustained our effort and we left everything out on the floor,'' James said. ''Even being short-handed we still wanted to play the caliber of basketball we are accustomed to playing, and I think we did that.''

The Blazers, currently sitting in third in the Western Conference standings, led by as many as 15 points in the third quarter. Portland kept the margin at double digits well into the final period, but James and George Hill made layups to get the Cavaliers within 105-99 with 3:25 to go.

Hill's 3-pointer pulled Cleveland within three points but Al-Farouq Aminu answered with a 3 and Evan Turner added a jumper to hold off Cleveland's rally. Jordan Clarkson's 3-pointer made it 110-105 with 1:34 left, but James missed a layup with 33 seconds to go and Lillard made three free throws to seal it.

''We've had some teams make pushes but we've always kept it at eight, nine, so it wasn't really dangerous. Tonight they cut it to three. And they did that with momentum, and with LeBron James on the floor,'' Lillard said. ''So that's a dangerous situation for us, but we got some bounces, we hit a few shots, made free throws down the stretch, and when we needed to get one or two stops we got them.''

The Cavaliers, third in the East, didn't have Larry Nance Jr. because of a hamstring injury he sustained early in the third quarter of Cleveland's 129-107 victory over the Suns on Tuesday. Tristan Thompson missed his sixth game with a right ankle sprain.

Kevin Love, who grew up in nearby Lake Oswego, missed his ninth game with a left hand fracture. Love could return to the Cavaliers as early as next week.

''We just need to continue to keep building. We've got a lot of injuries, a lot of guys down, so we've just got to have that next man up mentality,'' Cleveland coach Tyronn Lue said.

Lillard, the reigning conference player of the week, made his first attempt of the game, a 3-pointer. But the highlight of the first quarter was easily James' monster dunk over Jusuf Nurkic that pulled Cleveland in front 15-14.

McCollum's 3-pointer gave the Blazers their largest lead of the half, 55-46. James made a turnaround jumper at the buzzer to pull Cleveland to 59-54 at the break.

McCollum hit consecutive 3-pointers and Lillard made another that stretched Portland's lead to 81-66 midway through the third quarter.

''I don't know about momentum but I think we're playing well,'' Blazers coach Terry Stotts said. ''Each game is a challenge. But obviously, to string together the wins that we have been, we've been doing good things at both ends of the floor and I think tonight was an example of that as well.''

TIP-INS

Cavaliers: James became the sixth active player with 400 double-doubles. ... It was the fifth game of a six-game road trip for the Cavs.

Trail Blazers: Lillard went 0 for 5 from 3-point range in the first half, but he led all players with five assists. ... With nine assists, Lillard became the third player in league history have 1,500-plus points and 400-plus rebounds in each of his first six seasons. ... The Blazers have won five straight against the Cavs at the Moda Center.

PRAISE

James was asked at shootaround earlier in the day if Lillard was unappreciated. ''Give me Damian Lillard. I'll show you how appreciated he'd be,'' he said.

UP NEXT

Cavaliers: Conclude their road trip on Saturday against the Bulls.

Trail Blazers: Host Detroit on Saturday.

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Key Players
L. James
23 SF
D. Lillard
0 PG
36.5 Min. Per Game 36.5
26.9 Pts. Per Game 26.9
6.5 Ast. Per Game 6.5
4.5 Reb. Per Game 4.5
54.4 Field Goal % 44.5
54.2 Three Point % 44.4
72.7 Free Throw % 90.9
  Defensive rebound by Evan Turner 0:19
  George Hill missed 3-pt. jump shot 0:20
+ 1 Damian Lillard made 2nd of 2 free throws 0:28
+ 1 Damian Lillard made free throw 0:28
  Unsportsmanlike technical foul 0:28
+ 1 Damian Lillard made 1st of 2 free throws 0:28
  Personal foul on George Hill 0:28
  Defensive rebound by Al-Farouq Aminu 0:31
  LeBron James missed finger-roll layup 0:33
  Defensive rebound by LeBron James 0:38
  CJ McCollum missed 3-pt. jump shot 0:40
Team Stats
Points 105 113
Field Goals 41-80 (51.3%) 43-96 (44.8%)
3-Pointers 11-33 (33.3%) 12-35 (34.3%)
Free Throws 12-21 (57.1%) 15-19 (78.9%)
Total Rebounds 47 58
Offensive 2 13
Defensive 32 37
Team 13 8
Assists 17 26
Steals 5 4
Blocks 7 3
Turnovers 11 7
Fouls 21 15
Technicals 1 2
35 PTS, 14 REB, 6 AST
24 PTS, 3 REB, 9 AST
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away team logo Cavaliers 39-29 29252328105
home team logo Trail Blazers 42-26 29302925113
Team Stats
away team logo Cavaliers 39-29 101.1 PPG 41.4 RPG 19.2 APG
home team logo Trail Blazers 42-26 105.5 PPG 43.5 RPG 19.0 APG
Key Players
L. James SF PPG RPG APG FG%
C. McCollum SG 21.4 PPG 4.0 RPG 3.4 APG 44.3 FG%
Top Scorers
L. James SF 35 PTS 14 REB 6 AST
C. McCollum SG 29 PTS 1 REB 3 AST
51.3 FG% 44.8
33.3 3PT FG% 34.3
57.1 FT% 78.9
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
L. James 41 35 14 6 2 3 6 4 15/25 1/4 4/9 0 14 60 -3
K. Korver 38 19 2 1 1 1 0 2 7/13 3/8 2/2 0 2 25 +1
J. Green 33 16 5 4 0 0 1 3 5/12 1/4 5/6 1 4 28 -9
G. Hill 35 8 4 3 2 1 1 4 3/5 2/4 0/0 1 3 20 -3
R. Hood 18 5 2 0 0 0 0 3 2/6 1/4 0/0 0 2 7 -10
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
L. James 41 35 14 6 2 3 6 4 15/25 1/4 4/9 0 14 60 -3
K. Korver 38 19 2 1 1 1 0 2 7/13 3/8 2/2 0 2 25 +1
J. Green 33 16 5 4 0 0 1 3 5/12 1/4 5/6 1 4 28 -9
G. Hill 35 8 4 3 2 1 1 4 3/5 2/4 0/0 1 3 20 -3
R. Hood 18 5 2 0 0 0 0 3 2/6 1/4 0/0 0 2 7 -10
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
J. Clarkson 24 14 3 3 0 0 1 3 6/12 1/5 1/2 0 3 22 -2
J. Holland 14 5 2 0 0 0 1 1 2/3 1/2 0/0 0 2 6 0
J. Smith 27 3 2 0 0 0 1 1 1/3 1/2 0/2 0 2 4 -10
A. Zizic 6 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0/1 0/0 0/0 0 0 2 -4
T. Thompson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
K. Love - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Thornton - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
L. Nance Jr. - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
L. Perrantes - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Osman - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Calderon - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 236 105 34 17 5 7 11 21 41/80 11/33 12/21 2 32 174 -40
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
C. McCollum 37 29 1 3 1 0 1 1 12/24 3/10 2/2 0 1 36 +7
D. Lillard 36 24 3 9 1 0 2 0 7/20 1/8 9/9 0 3 44 -1
M. Harkless 26 17 5 2 2 0 0 3 6/10 2/4 3/4 2 3 28 +6
A. Aminu 36 11 9 3 0 1 0 1 4/8 3/6 0/0 4 5 27 +6
J. Nurkic 18 7 10 2 0 1 2 4 3/9 0/0 1/4 1 9 20 +2
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
C. McCollum 37 29 1 3 1 0 1 1 12/24 3/10 2/2 0 1 36 +7
D. Lillard 36 24 3 9 1 0 2 0 7/20 1/8 9/9 0 3 44 -1
M. Harkless 26 17 5 2 2 0 0 3 6/10 2/4 3/4 2 3 28 +6
A. Aminu 36 11 9 3 0 1 0 1 4/8 3/6 0/0 4 5 27 +6
J. Nurkic 18 7 10 2 0 1 2 4 3/9 0/0 1/4 1 9 20 +2
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
E. Turner 25 11 7 5 0 0 0 2 5/10 1/3 0/0 1 6 28 0
S. Napier 15 7 1 1 0 0 0 0 3/7 1/2 0/0 0 1 10 +7
P. Connaughton 13 5 2 0 0 1 0 1 2/4 1/2 0/0 1 1 8 -3
Z. Collins 7 2 3 0 0 0 0 0 1/3 0/0 0/0 2 1 5 +7
E. Davis 21 0 9 1 0 0 2 3 0/1 0/0 0/0 2 7 9 +9
B. Rush - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Leonard - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Layman - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Wilcox - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Swanigan - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
W. Baldwin IV - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
G. Papagiannis - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 234 113 50 26 4 3 7 15 43/96 12/35 15/19 13 37 215 +40