Damian Lillard returned to the lineup to play his first game with Carmelo Anthony, but even the face of the franchise couldn't help stop the Blazers losing streak. 

Hassan Whiteside was ruled out prior to tipoff, and his absence was seen in the box score. Cleveland outrebounded Portland 51-38, with many of those being offensive rebounds leading to second-chance points. 

Jordan Clarkson sparked the Cavs off the bench, scoring a season high-28 points while shooting six for six from beyond the arc. 

On the Blazers side, Lillard scored a team-high 23 points in his return and nearly willed the team to a late comeback, but it wasn't meant to be. 

Portland falls to the Cavs, 110-104, dropping its fourth game in a row. 

QUOTABLES: 

Coach Stotts on where the Blazers stand:

Look at the record. That kind of explains it. 

CJ McCollum on the message to fans, staying the course:

Real fans will still be fans and those that ain't won't. We're not losing on purpose. We'd like to win too. 

Damian Lillard on facing adversity:

You all probably don't want to hear it, but there's such a long way to go... I think our team understands that there are certain things we're not doing well enough to win games. But we really do believe, as a group. that this is going to turn around. 

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