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Wallace scores 14 points in first 10 minutes

2/2/2003

CLEVELAND (AP) -- Rasheed Wallace was too much for the Cleveland Cavaliers to handle.

Wallace scored 14 of his 29 points in the first 10 minutes to
lead the Portland Trail Blazers to a 114-95 victory over the Cavaliers on Sunday.

Wallace, in his second game back after a seven-game suspension
for threatening a referee, shot 10-for-13 in 32 minutes as Portland
won for the seventh time in eight games.

"It's good to see him back in the flow,'' said Portland guard
Derek Anderson, who scored 13 points. "He doesn't have to force his way back. We know we are coming to him. He's that good.''

Wallace scored a season-high 38 points in game before he was
suspended and scored 28 in his first game back Friday night. He
continued his domination against the Cavs.

"We bring Rasheed back the last two games and he's been just
short of phenomenal,'' Portland coach Maurice Cheeks said.

Wallace's first points came on a 3-pointer, and then the
6-foot-11 forward-center pounded his way to the basket in an
impressive first 10 minutes.

Zydrunas Ilgauskas scored 20 points to lead Cleveland, which
lost for the ninth time in 10 games and dropped to 1-5 under coach
Keith Smart.

"Against that team, you have to play a perfect game,'' Smart
said.

The Cavaliers went to a pressure defense in the third quarter,
and steals by Dajuan Wagner and Ricky Davis sparked a 7-0 run that rallied Cleveland within 78-68.

Wallace then scored four straight points and the Trail Blazers
closed the quarter with a 13-4 run.

"Portland is the most talented team in the NBA right now,''
said Darius Miles, who scored 14 points for Cleveland. "I think
they can beat any team, but it's up to them. They came in today
like they were trying to win a championship.''

Dale Davis and Damon Stoudamire each scored 12 points for the Trail Blazers, who have won 12 of 15 road games.

Davis and Wagner each scored 15 for Cleveland, which has lost 19
of 23.

"Ricky probably took some shots out of character,'' Smart said
of the Cavs' scoring leader who went 6-for-20 from the field. "But
for the most part he is trying to get some shots in rhythm and
trying to get other guys involved by passing the ball.''

Wallace scored 14 of Portland's first 30 points, and the Trail
Blazers held a 34-16 lead after one quarter.

Wallace rested the first six minutes of the second quarter and
finished with 20 first-half points as Portland built a 60-43 lead
by the break.

Game notes
Miles, shooting 40 percent from the field this season, made
4 of 6 and is 10-for-17 his last two games. "I'm working with
(assistant coach) Mike Bratz on shooting and feel more
comfortable,'' Miles said. ... Smart said he is anticipating the
All-Star break to "get reacquainted with my family.'' Smark said
his schedule has been hectic since replacing the fired John Lucas
on Jan. 20. ... Stoudamire had three of Portland's 13 steals. ...
Portland is 23-5 when outrebounding an opponent and 18-2 when
outscoring a team on fastbreaks. ... Reserve C Chris Mihm had a
season-high 12 points for Cleveland. ... Portland F Zach Randolph
got poked in the eye in the fourth quarter, but returned to the
game. He had six points.