It turns out that it’s much easier to win games when you half the team isn’t sidelined due to injury and you shoot well from behind the three-point line.
The Trail Blazers, thanks in part to a run of good health after a few weeks of the opposite and a significant uptick in three-point shooting percentage, rallied from down 16 points in the first half to defeat the Cleveland Cavaliers 103-95 in front of a sellout crowd of 19,432 Thursday night at Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse.
The Trail Blazers are now 6-12 overall and 4-7 on the road this season. The win breaks a five-game losing streak to the Cavaliers and moves the Blazers to 2-1 on a four-game trip, and thus, ensures at least a .500 road trip.
After turning the ball over 19 times for 29 Cavaliers points in the first three quarters, the Trail Blazers cleaned things up in the fourth, turning the ball over just four times and used a 12-0 run to take a 95-83 lead with just over six minutes to play. Cleveland would respond with eight-straight points, but Portland managed to keep their composure to come away with their second straight convincing road win.
Game Highlights | Portland Trail Blazers 103, Cleveland Cavaliers 95 | Nov. 30, 2023
Portland, ranked 30th in three-point shooting this season, shot 40 percent from three Thursday night, making it the fifth-straight game they’ve shot at least 40 percent from three. And the Trail Blazers are now 3-1 since both Malcolm Brogdon and Scoot Henderson returned to the lineup.
Shaedon Sharpe, who went 11-of-15 from the field and 4-of-7 from three, scored 20 of his game-high 29 points in the second half while also grabbing 10 rebounds for the first double-double of his career. The sophomore guard also tallied five assists and a steal in 39 minutes.
Both Jerami Grant and Duop Reath added 13 points, with the former going 3-of-6 from three and the latter 3-of-4 from the same range. Malcolm Brogdon added 11 points, seven assists and three rebounds and Deandre Ayton finished with 10 points, six rebounds and three assists.
Portland’s bench also played a key role in the victory, with Matisse Thybulle, who has terrorized opposing offenses as of late, contributing 10 points, Scoot Henderson leading the team with seven assists and Jabari Walker grabbing a career-best 12 rebounds.
The Trail Blazers now head to Utah to finish off the trip with their third game versus the Jazz in the last two weeks. Tipoff is scheduled for 6 p.m.