Final / OT

Regular Season Series (Game 2 of 2)

Series starts 1/21

Game 1: Wednesday, January 21st
Trail Blazers98
Game 2: Thursday, March 19th
Trail Blazers92Final

Trail Blazers 92

(43-26, 15-20 away)

Cavaliers 97

(55-13, 31-1 home)

    Coverage: TNT

    8:00 PM ET, March 19, 2009

    Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland, OH

    1 2 3 4 OT T
    POR 19 17 21 29 692
    CLE 12 22 31 21 1197

    Top Performers

    Por: B. Roy 24 Pts, 7 Reb, 7 Ast

    Cle: L. James 26 Pts, 11 Reb, 10 Ast, 1 Stl, 2 Blk

    James grabs another triple-double as Cavs dump Roy, Blazers in OT

    Associated Press

    CLEVELAND -- Despite getting his 24th career triple-double, LeBron James was more impressed by the Cleveland Cavaliers tying the NBA record for fewest turnovers.

    James had 26 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists to lead the Cavaliers to a 97-92 overtime victory against the Portland Trail Blazers on Thursday night. Cleveland committed only two turnovers, setting a franchise record and matching the mark set by Milwaukee against Indiana on April 1, 2006.

    Fast Facts

    • The Cavaliers have won seven straight overall, eight straight home games and improved to 31-1 at home this season.

    • LeBron James finished with 26 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists for his league-leading seventh triple-double of the season.

    • Portland dropped to 15-20 on the road this season.

    • Brandon Roy had 24 points, seven rebounds, seven assists and was 11-for-11 from the free-throw line.

    -- ESPN research

    "That's good basketball. We did a good job protecting the ball," James said. "It's all about the team."

    Cleveland, won its seventh straight and 10th in the last 11, nearly broke the record, but Mo Williams' pass while trying to run out the clock hit the backboard and was picked up by the Trail Blazers.

    The Cavaliers are 31-1 at home and have a 4 1/2-game lead over Boston for the top spot in the Eastern Conference.

    James, who had his seventh triple-double this season, scored six points in the overtime period. His driving basket in the lane after the Cavaliers won the jumpball put Cleveland ahead for good. Zydrunas Ilgauskas added a free throw and a basket, pushing the lead to 91-86 lead with 3:15 left. James hit two more baskets as the Cavaliers outscored Portland 11-6 in the extra session.

    Ilgauskas finished with 21 points.

    Cleveland, which made just 4-of-21 shots in the first period, couldn't hold an eight-point lead in the fourth.

    "It was an ugly ballgame, but you've got to win ugly sometimes," said Cleveland coach Mike Brown, who recorded his 200th career victory.

    James scored twice late in regulation to give Cleveland an 86-82 lead, but Brandon Roy, who led Portland with 24 points, hit four free throws in the final 34 seconds -- the last two coming with 3.4 seconds left -- to tie the game.

    Roy faked James into the air and his foot barely straddled the 3-point line when contact was made, sending Roy to the line for the tying free throws.

    "He wasn't going to let me make a walkoff 3 on him," Roy said of James. "As soon as I did my last move, I went for the pump and he went for it. It's almost like he knew I was going to shoot a 3 and he was timing it. I got up in the air, and he did a somewhat good job of going straight up. So I had to lean into him a little bit. That's when my toe went over the line."

    James missed a running 12-footer and the game went into overtime. Ever the perfectionist, James found fault with himself for missing the shot.

    "I make those shots all the time," he said. "It was just a little short."

    LaMarcus Aldridge and Nicolas Batum, Portland's starting forwards, missed the game because of injuries. Both players were injured in the fourth quarter of Wednesday night's 95-85 win over Indiana. Aldridge, the Trail Blazers' second-leading scorer, suffered a concussion while Batum, Portland's best perimeter defender, sprained his left ankle.

    Channing Frye, who scored 14 points, started in Aldridge's spot while Travis Outlaw, who added 17, started for Batum.

    "You've gotta make plays down the stretch and we didn't do it," Portland coach Nate McMillan said. "They did. They made buckets when they needed to, they got stops when they needed to."

    Greg Oden, who played one season at Ohio State, had seven points and nine rebounds in 12 minutes for Portland. He was playing his second game after missing 15 games with a bone chip in his left knee.

    Game notes

    Portland finishes its trip Saturday at Milwaukee. ... Cavaliers F Anderson Varejao banged his right leg into Oden in the first quarter and was on the floor for several minutes. He played the second half with a sleeve on his leg. ... Cavaliers G-F Wally Szczerbiak is out for up to three weeks with a sprained left knee. ... Cleveland's all-time record for home wins is 37, set in 1988-89. The Cavaliers are two wins shy of their all-time mark (57) for a season.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 92 97
    FGM-FGA 32-76 (.421) 37-86 (.430)
    3PM-3PA 5-18 (.278) 4-19 (.211)
    FTM-FTA 23-29 (.793) 19-27 (.704)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 11-50 9-40
    Assists 19 18
    Turnovers 10 2
    Steals 0 3
    Blocks 3 4
    Fast Break Points 2 6
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 23 (0/0) 29 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 11 8

    Top Performers

    Brandon Roy Roy
    Points: 24
    Reb: 7
    Ast: 7
    Stl: 0
    Blk: 0
    LeBron James James
    Points: 26
    Reb: 11
    Ast: 10
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 2