NBA: Donovan Mitchell, Jarrett Allen wear Cavaliers over Blazers

FILE – Donovan Mitchell #45 of the Cleveland Cavaliers puts the ball on court during the third quarter against the Portland Trail Blazers at Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse on November 23, 2022 in Cleveland, Ohio. The Cavaliers defeated the Trail Blazers 114-96. Jason Miller/Getty Images/AFP

Donovan Mitchell had a game-high 34 points Wednesday night while Jarrett Allen had 24 points and 13 rebounds to lead the Cleveland Cavaliers 114-96 past the Portland Trail Blazers on Wednesday night.

For Mitchell, it was his 10th game with at least 30 points this season. Cleveland point guard Darius Garland scored 24 points and led the offense with 12 assists to lead the Cavaliers to a four-game sweep of their homestand.

Jusef Nurkic had 22 points, while Jerami Grant added 21 for the Trail Blazers, who lost their second straight win in a four-game road trip and fourth-place overall.

Anfernee Simons added 20 points for Portland, who played their second straight game without star guard Damian Lillard, who is out with a strained soleus muscle in his right lower leg.

The Cavaliers sprinted to a 16-point lead early in the second quarter thanks to blistering shots from the field.

Grant took up the gap with Lillard and scored 15 in the second 4-of-6 shot from the field for Portland.

Cleveland trailed 21-19 and scored the last nine points of the first quarter to take a 28-21 lead. Garland hit a pair of 3-pointers to open the second quarter and push the lead to 34-21.

Portland used a 9-0 run to reduce a 15-point deficit to six, 73-67, before Garland and Allen led the Cavaliers to a surge that took them to an 87-75 lead after three.

Defense carried the Cavaliers in the fourth quarter as they kept Portland scoreless on six straight possessions, allowing Cleveland to extend their lead to 20, 97-77 with a 7:27 remaining.

The Blazers managed to reduce the lead on Simons’ 31-foot-3 to nine at 4:35, 100-91. But Cleveland responded with the next six points, including a dunk by Mitchell with a 3-11 left.


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