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Blazers welcome Cavs to Rose City

(SportsNetwork.com) - LaMarcus Aldridge and the Portland Trail Blazers will close out a three-game homestand Wednesday versus the Cleveland Cavaliers.

The Blazers have won two straight since dropping two in a row and four of the previous six contests, and recorded a 112-104 victory versus Boston on Saturday at the Moda Center. Aldridge had 21 points on 8-of-15 shooting and also pulled down 13 rebounds. He was one of seven players to score in double figures and has netted 20 or more points in eight of his last nine contests.

Aldridge has posted 15 games of at least 20 points and 10 rebounds this season, the fourth most in the league.

Nicolas Batum added 16 points, seven rebounds and seven assists, Wesley Matthews had 18 points and Robin Lopez finished with 15 points and 13 rebounds for the Blazers, who improved to 15-4 in the Rose City. Damian Lillard scored 15 points to go with six assists, Mo Williams scored 11 points and rookie C.J. McCollum contributed 10 off the bench in the win.

"Well it's always good to get a win," Blazers coach Terry Stotts said. "You try not to be disappointed about not playing necessarily as well as you wanted to. Offensively, we were good and defensively, we were good when we needed to be. But this stretch of playing teams with a lesser record, apparently is tough for us to get up for. But in the end, it was good to get the win."

Portland is first in the NBA with 109.1 points per game, but is allowing 102.9 ppg on defense. After hosting the Cavaliers, the Trail Blazers will begin a four-game road trip against San Antonio, Dallas, Houston and Oklahoma City.

The Cavs will continue their five-game road trip and won for the third time in the past four tries with Tuesday's 120-118 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers. Luol Deng led the way with 27 points and Anderson Varejao chipped in 18 and 18 rebounds.

Dion Waiters and Kyrie Irving scored 17 and 13 points, respectively, while Tristan Thompson recorded 15 points to go along with 13 rebounds for the Cavaliers, who buried 13-of-17 3-pointers. Deng buried all five of his shots from downtown and Matthew Dellavedova made 3-of-5 3-pointers en route to 11 points.

"We found a way to win. Give our guys credit, they scrapped their way to a win. We have to understand we have to defend first. We did enough just to get a win," said Cavs head coach Mike Brown, who returned to Los Angeles for the first time since he was fired by the Lakers after a disappointing 1-4 start to last season.

Cleveland outrebounded L.A. by a 48-35 margin and is 4-16 on the road. It will close the trip Friday at Denver and is scheduled to play five straight at home versus Dallas, Chicago, Milwaukee, Phoenix and New Orleans.

The Cavaliers lost to the Trail Blazers 119-116 on Dec. 17 at Quicken Loans Arena, where Lillard hit the game-winning 3-pointer and finished with 36 points, 10 assists and eight rebounds. Aldridge had 26 points and 15 boards in that one, while Irving and Waiters scored 25 points apiece.

Portland is 5-1 in the last six meetings with Cleveland.

01/15 10:35:14 ET

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Standings

2013 - 2014 Eastern Conference Standings
 
Atlantic W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Toronto 48 34 .585 --- 26-15 22-19 32-20 L 1
x-Brooklyn 44 38 .537 4 28-13 16-25 26-26 L 2
New York 37 45 .451 11 19-22 18-23 26-26 W 4
Boston 25 57 .305 23 16-25 9-32 21-31 L 2
Philadelphia 19 63 .232 29 10-31 9-32 14-38 W 2
 
Central W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Indiana 56 26 .683 --- 35-6 21-20 38-14 W 2
x-Chicago 48 34 .585 8 27-14 21-20 35-17 L 1
Cleveland 33 49 .402 23 19-22 14-27 21-31 W 1
Detroit 29 53 .354 27 17-24 12-29 23-29 L 4
Milwaukee 15 67 .183 41 10-31 5-36 12-40 L 3
 
Southeast W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Miami 54 28 .659 --- 32-9 22-19 34-18 L 3
x-Washington 44 38 .537 10 22-19 22-19 33-19 W 4
x-Charlotte 43 39 .524 11 25-16 18-23 30-22 W 3
x-Atlanta 38 44 .463 16 24-17 14-27 28-24 W 1
Orlando 23 59 .280 31 19-22 4-37 17-35 L 4
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
2013 - 2014 Western Conference Standings
 
Northwest W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Oklahoma City 59 23 .720 --- 34-7 25-16 36-16 W 1
x-Portland 54 28 .659 5 31-10 23-18 31-21 W 5
Minnesota 40 42 .488 19 24-17 16-25 23-29 L 3
Denver 36 46 .439 23 22-19 14-27 20-32 L 2
Utah 25 57 .305 34 16-25 9-32 13-39 W 1
 
Pacific W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-LA Clippers 57 25 .695 --- 34-7 23-18 36-16 L 1
x-Golden State 51 31 .622 6 27-14 24-17 31-21 W 2
Phoenix 48 34 .585 9 26-15 22-19 28-24 W 1
Sacramento 28 54 .341 29 17-24 11-30 15-37 L 1
LA Lakers 27 55 .329 30 14-27 13-28 15-37 W 2
 
Southwest W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-San Antonio 62 20 .756 --- 32-9 30-11 38-14 L 2
x-Houston 54 28 .659 8 33-8 21-20 31-21 L 1
x-Memphis 50 32 .610 12 27-14 23-18 29-23 W 5
x-Dallas 49 33 .598 13 26-15 23-18 29-23 L 1
New Orleans 34 48 .415 28 22-19 12-29 15-37 W 2
 
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y= clinched division title
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Scoreboard
Local
Final
NOR 6
DUR 3
 
Final
MIA 99
CHA 88
12:05pm Today
NOR
DUR
 
Final
CLE 6
TOR 4
Final
DET 2
ANA 1
Final
NYM 4
ATL 3
Final
MIA 3
SEA 2
Final
PIT 2
MIL 3
Final
WAS 3
STL 2
Final
TAM 1
NYY 5
Final
KAN 3
MIN 8
Final
CHC 2
CIN 8
Final
TEX 2
CWS 16
Final
OAK 4
HOU 1
Final
LOS 4
ARI 1
Final
COL 9
PHI 10
Final
SDP 3
SFG 4
Final
BOS 6
BAL 5
11:05am Today
BOS
BAL
 
7:05pm Tonight
PIT
CIN
 
7:05pm Tonight
CLE
KAN
 
7:05pm Tonight
WAS
ANA
 
7:08pm Tonight
DET
CWS
 
7:10pm Tonight
ATL
MIA
 
7:10pm Tonight
NYM
STL
 
8:05pm Tonight
CHC
ARI
 
8:10pm Tonight
MIL
SDP
 
8:40pm Tonight
COL
SFG
 
10:05pm Tonight
OAK
TEX
 
10:10pm Tonight
SEA
HOU
 
10:10pm Tonight
LOS
PHI
 
Final
SAN 90
DAL 85
Final
MIA 99
CHA 88
Final
CHI 93
WAS 102
Final
HOU 120
POR 122
8:00pm Tonight
OKC
MEM
10:30pm Tonight
LAC
GSW
Final
NYR 2
PHI 4
Final
BOS 4
DET 1
Final
MON 3
TAM 2
Final
SJS 7
LOS 2
7:00pm Tonight
MIN
COL
7:00pm Tonight
CLB
PIT
8:30pm Tonight
CHI
STL
9:30pm Tonight
DAL
ANA
Final
NOR 6
DUR 3
 
12:05pm Today
NOR
DUR