Trail Blazers Press Release

Trail Blazers 111, Cavaliers 70: Post-Game Notes

03/17/11
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    -- The Trail Blazers have now sold out 148 straight games at the Rose Garden (including regular season and playoffs), dating back to Dec. 21, 2007 … Portland is second in the NBA in average home attendance (20,488).

    -- The Trail Blazers now hold a record of 39-29, which is one game behind their 68-game record from last season (40-28) when Portland went on to win 50 games and claim the sixth seed in the Western Conference Playoffs.

    -- With the win Portland claims the series sweep of Cleveland for the first time since 2002-03 … The Cavaliers swept the last three seasons series over Portland (2007-08 to 2009-10) … Portland’s 41-point margin in the win marks the largest of the season (26, Dec. 20 vs. Milwaukee) and largest since Nov. 19, 2008 vs. Chicago when Portland won 116-74 (42 points).

    -- Portland made 11-of-27 3-point attempts, falling one short of their previous high of 12, set against the Cavaliers on Feb. 5 at Cleveland.

    -- Portland scored 28 points off of 19 Cleveland turnovers, while the Cavaliers counted 13 points off 12 Trail Blazer turnovers … In the seven games prior to this one, Portland averaged 22.3 points off of 17.1 opponent turnovers while allowing 10.0 points from 10.9 miscues.

    -- Cleveland marked a season-low and Portland opponent low by making 21 field goals, one more than the Trail Blazers record for fewest field goals allowed in a game (20, 11/23/96 vs. Denver) … Cleveland’s 35.6 percent shooting marks a low this season for a Trail Blazer opponent … Portland won the assist battle by a count of 29-6, tying the franchise mark for assists allowed in a game (11/1/09 at Oklahoma) … Cleveland had only one assist in the first half.

    -- LaMarcus Aldridge dropped 20 pointd to lead all scorers and pulled down 11 rebounds for his 31st double-double of the season.

    -- The Trail Blazers finished the first quarter with a 37-12 advantage over Cleveland, the 25 point margin ranking third highest in Trail Blazers history in the first quarter … Portland started the game off on a 24-2 run, with its lead reaching as high as 29 points (33-4) … The Trail Blazers tied a season-high for points in the first quarter with 37 (Jan. 7 vs. MInnesota), and held the Cavaliers to 12 points, setting a new low for a Portland opponent in the first quarter this season (14, Feb. 14 at Minnesota) … Portland outscored Cleveland 22-0 in the paint and gathered a 10-0 advantage in assists in the first quarter.

    -- Cleveland’s 34 points tied a season-low for points in the first half by a Portland opponent … Portland took a 15-1 advantage in assists and an 8-0 edge in fast break points heading into the break.

    -- Wesley Matthews scored 14 points and made four of his seven shots from 3-point range … Matthews has made at least one three in 15 straight games, and has shot 50.0 percent or better from beyond the arc in his last seven matches, and is shooting 59.4 percent from downtown in that span.

    -- Portland’s 89-45 lead entering the fourth quarter marked its most points (previous 88, twice, last Jan. 17 vs. Minnesota) and largest margin (44, previous 18 vs. Milwaukee Dec. 20) this season after three quarters of play.

    -- Ramon Sessions led three Cavaliers in double-figures with 14 points.

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