#CavsBlazers Game Preview - January 11, 2017

Moda Center 10:30 p.m. ET
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Game Summary

The Cavaliers begin the second half of their season-long six game road trip tonight against the Portland Trail Blazers. Tipoff from the Moda Center is at 10:30 p.m. (ET).

Cleveland leads the Eastern Conference in overall wins (28, 4th in NBA), winning percentage (.757, 4th in NBA), three-pointers made (472, 2nd in NBA) and points per game differential (+6.3, 4th in NBA), while ranking 2nd in the East in three-point percentage (.387, 3rd in NBA) and points per game (109.8, 4th in NBA).

The Wine and Gold aim to bounce back as they dropped their first game of the road trip, a 100-92 loss on Tuesday night in Utah against the Jazz.

LeBron James led both teams with 29 points, going 10-for-20 from the floor, including 3-of-6 from beyond the arc – adding six boards, five assists and a game-high four steals.

Cleveland will need a total team effort on Wednesday night as they - along with the Blazers - play their second game in as many nights.

Portland (17-23) crushed the Lakers, 108-87, last night in Tinseltown. CJ McCollum topped the 20-point mark for the eighth straight game with a game-high 25 points for Portland, which beat the Lakers for the 10th consecutive time. McCollum's backcourt mate, Damian Lillard scored 18 of his 20 points in the second half.

The Blazers dynamic duo hopes for another solid performance against the Cavaliers, a team that has beat them in three of the last four meetings including a 137-125 defeat in the two teams' first matchup in Cleveland on back on November 23rd.


Where to Catch the Action

TV: FOX Sports Ohio, ESPN

Radio: WTAM 1100, 100.7 WMMS, 87.7 La Mega

For live in-game updates, follow @cavs, @CavsJoeG, @CavsFredMcLeod, @MrCavalier34, @CavsJMike and @chones22 on Twitter.


Probable Starters/Status Update*

#2 - Kyrie Irving

#14 - DeAndre Liggins

#23 - LeBron James

#0 - Kevin Love

#13 - Tristan Thompson

#0 Damian Lillard

#3 - CJ McCollum

#8 - Al-Farouq Aminu

#4 - Maurice Harkless

#24 - Mason Plumlee

Status Update: (Cavs) - J.R. Smith, (Right Thumb Fracture, Out), Chris Andersen, (Right Knee ACL Tear, Out)

Status Update: (Trail Blazers) - Al-Farouq Aminu, (Left Calf, Out), Festus Ezeli, (Left Knee, Out)

*Subject to change.


Head-to-Head Matchup

In the first meeting between the two teams this season, Cleveland poured in 137 points, which is the most points scored in regulation by any team at Quicken Loans Arena and the most points the Cavs have scored since 4/9/92 (141 pts vs. Charlotte). The Cavs also tied a franchise record for most points in a quarter with 46 in the 1st quarter.

In addition, Cleveland set a NBA regular season record for threes made in a half with 16 and also finished with a Quicken Loans Arena record 21 treys (regular season).

Kevin Love, who grew up in Oregon, finished with a Cavalier career-high 40 points, going 12-20 (.600) from the field and 8-12 (.667) from deep, eight rebounds and three assists in 32 minutes. In the first quarter, Love scored the most points in the opening period in NBA history and second most in any quarter, pouring in 34. He also broke a franchise record for threes in a quarter with 8 and field goals made with 11.

Wednesday's showdown marks the final matchup between the two teams this regular season.


On Deck

After a day off, Cleveland travels to Sacramento for a Friday night matchup with DeMarcus Cousins and the Kings before closing out the junket with a heavyweight battle against the Warriors on MLK Day in Oakland. VIEW FULL SCHEDULE