CLEVELAND, Dec. 15 (Ticker) -- LeBron James generated plenty of excitement in Cleveland when he was drafted first overall. Now he is starting to generate plenty of wins.

James keyed a third-quarter run as the Cavaliers extended their home winning streak to nine games with a 112-88 rout of the Portland Trail Blazers.

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The Cavaliers' home winning streak is their longest since a 12-game run from January 16 to March 16, 1993, when the team played in the Richfield Coliseum. James was just 9 at the time.

"We are feeding off the crowd, and feeding off ourselves," James said. "We feel that we are playing so well at home that no one can come in here and beat us."

"I think we've kind of established ourselves at home," Cleveland coach Paul Silas said. "(Opponents) know that this is going to be a tough place to play. They've got to come with their A game or else we've got a good chance to win."

Still just 19, James quickly has revitalized a downtrodden franchise in just his second season. The phenom had averaged 30.1 points in his first nine homes games and came alive after intermission in this one.

"(James) was as good as advertised," Portland coach Maurice Cheeks said. "Everything you see on TV, he was as good or better. He ignited himself and his team."

After scoring just nine points in the first half, James netted the first seven of a 20-5 run that turned a tie game into a 73-58 lead with a 3:15 left in the third quarter. He scored 12 points in the decisive spurt, including a highlight-reel, one-handed, alley-oop tip-in on a feed from Drew Gooden.

"That was unreal," Silas said about James' eye-popping play. "I mean, whew, no I haven't (seen anything like that). First of all, it was not a great pass. (James) made it out to be a great play."

"All of a sudden, I don't know, it was like (James) hit a button or something," Cheeks said. "It just turned on his game and it ignited himself and it ignited his team."

James collected 25 points, 11 rebounds and seven assists and continues to flirt with his first triple-double.

Ira Newble scored a season-high 18 points for the Cavaliers, who are unbeaten at home since a season-opening 109-104 double-overtime loss to Indiana.

"Coming from the CBA, I just play every game like it could be my last game," Newble said.

In their latest home win, the Cavaliers also received a lift from Brazilian rookie Anderson Varejao, who provided energy off the bench in the second quarter when he scored eight points to go along with four steals.

The game was the first between the teams since last January's trade that sent forward Darius Miles to Portland for point guard Jeff McInnis and forward Ruben Boumtje Boumtje.

Miles played well against his former team, scoring 21 points to lead the Trail Blazers, who have lost the first two games of a six-game road trip.

"I have no hard feelings," Miles said. "It was cool. It was no big deal (coming back to Cleveland)."

"We've got to get mentally stronger," Cheeks said. "They put a run on us and we just kind of deflated."

McInnis also had a strong game with 18 points and nine assists.

Portland played without forward Shareef Abdur-Rahim, who sat out with a hyperextended right elbow. There was speculation that the third overall pick in the 1996 draft might be involved in a trade.

"(Abdur-Rahim's injury) was a surprise," said Cheeks, who had the 6-9 forward penciled in as a starter. "He hurt his elbow a couple of games ago at Utah (December 10).