Comeback falls short, Cleveland beats Blazers 93-88

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by Associated Press

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Posted on January 17, 2013 at 12:19 AM

Updated Thursday, Jan 17 at 9:05 AM

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- Kyrie Irving scored 31 points, Tristan Thompson added 19 points and 14 rebounds, and the Cleveland Cavaliers beat the Portland Trail Blazers 93-88 on Wednesday night.

Nicolas Batum had 23 points and 12 rebounds for the Blazers, who erased a 19-point second-quarter deficit and briefly took the lead. Wesley Matthews added 17 points and LaMarcus Aldridge had 15.

Irving won his first matchup with Portland rookie point guard Damian Lillard, who finished with 13 points. Lillard entered the fourth quarter with only three points on 0-for-3 shooting, but tied the score at 75 with a 3-pointer and then gave the Blazers an 86-85 lead by hitting a 20-footer with 2:07 left.

Irving took over from there, though. He made a pull-up jumper, a turnaround bank shot and a couple of free throws as Portland wilted. Tyler Zeller added 11 points and nine rebounds for Cleveland, which was playing the fourth game of a five-game Western Conference road trip.

The Cavs had lost eight of 10 overall, including 124-118 to Sacramento on Monday. Portland has lost four straight by a total of 19 points.

The Blazers started slow and spent long stretches trying to dig out of holes, possibly the consequence of going overtime with the Nuggets on Tuesday night in a 115-111 loss in Denver's high altitude.

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