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Lillard's 3 sinks Cavs

by: TRIBUNE FILE PHOTO: CHRISTOPHER ONSTOTT - Damian Lillard nearly had a triple-double Tuesday night at Cleveland, scoring 36 points, including the winning 3 in the final second as Portland remained undefeated going into the final night of a four-game trip.Portland Trail Blazers 119, CLEVELAND CAVALIERS 116

Tuesday night, Quicken Loans Arena, 15,689 announced attendance

HIGHLIGHTS

• Damian Lillard capped a near-triple-double with a long 3-pointer with 0.4 seconds left to give Portland another road victory.

Lillard's counterpart, Kyrie Irving, missed a longer catch-and-shoot 3 at the buzzer that would have forced overtime.

WHAT IT MEANS

• Portland leads the NBA with a 22-4 record.

• The Blazers have won five in a row and are 3-0 on their four-game trip.

TOP PERFORMERS

• Lillard finished with 36 points, 10 assists and 8 rebounds. He was 8 of 12 from 3-point range and 11 of 23 from the field in 38 minutes.

The eight 3s were a career high for him, and the eight rebounds matched his season high.

• LaMarcus Aldridge had his 15th double-double of the season. He scored 26 points and added 15 rebounds. He was 11 of 22 from the floor in 37 minutes.

• Wesley Matthews scored 19 points in 35 minutes, and Nicllas Batum had 14 points in 37 minutes.

• Irving and guard Dion Waiters each scored 25 points for Cleveland. Irving was 9 of 22 from the field and 3 of 7 from 3-point range. Waiters made 11 of 19 shots, including both his 3-point tries. Irving added 10 assists.

KEY STATS

• The teams were fairly close from the field, with Portland making 44.6 percent and Cleveland hitting 47.1 percent. The Cavs had fewer turnovers, six to Portland's 14, but the Blazers outrebounded Cleveland 56-44.

• The Blazers had a 35-10 edge in second-chance points.

• At the free-throw line, Portland was 22 of 25, 88.0 percent.

• Portland has outscored its opponents in 18 of 26 third quarters this season.

NOTES

• Portland led 92-88 after three quarters, after outscoring Cleveland 37-29 in the third quarter.

Cleveland had a run to start the fourth quarter and took a 97-92 lead.

But Portland came back for its largest lead, 114-104, with little more than two minutes to go.

Irving rallied the Cavs, pulling them to within 116-114 with a three-point play at the 33.8-second mark.

After Aldridge missed a rolling shot from the key, Irving drove, drew the defense and dished to Anderson Varajao for the tying layup.

But Lillard stepped back in a one-on-one with forward Alonzo Gee and drained a straight-on 3 for the win.

• The Blazers are 11-0 against the Eastern Conference and 12-2 overall on the road.

QUOTES

"They've got giants down there. ... I just wanted to get him (Gee) on his heels. ... My shot felt great tonight."

— Lillard, talking about his winning 3-pointer

"I was ready for the challenge, but you can't get caught up in that. It came down to me having the opportunity, and I was just glad I was able to do it. ... We've been in this situation a lot of times so far this season, and we've been getting the job done."

— Lillard, on going against Irving and getting the winning basket

"They (the Cavaliers) made a great comeback to tie the game. They made shots and 3s. But we keep finding a way to win. ... Damian was fantastic. The whole team, we keep rising to the challenge. He had a special night. I think it was appropriate he finished it like that. He's got a lot of confidence. He may not show it, but he has plenty of emotion and a lot of fire."

— Terry Stotts, Blazers coach

NEXT

• The Blazers will finish their trip against Kevin Love and the Minnesota Timberwolves at 5 p.m. PT Wednesday (CSNNW). Minnesota is 12-13.