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.
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.
BEST OF SOCIAL MEDIA:
12 games can make a bad season... & 13 games can make a good one. How easily we forget that two seasons ago this team was counted out at 31-26, then all they did was win 13 in a row, get back in the race, & finish with the 3 seed.— Chris Burkhardt (@CBurkhardtNBCS) November 24, 2019
"It's ain't over till it's over."#RipCity https://t.co/lQoTieecZC
There’s certainly a small sample size at play- however, Nassir Little(67%), Anfernee Simons(65%) & Rodney Hood(73%) have all been very good finishing at the rim early on.— Danny Marang (@DannyMarang) November 24, 2019
For Hood & Simons - an increase in frequency would be nice to see.
For Little, that’s where he has to eat.
Blazers still 2 games ahead of Warriors in West.— ChadinPortland 🎙 (@ChadinRipCity) November 24, 2019
Cavs reporters behind me talking about Simons:— Jamie Hudson (@JamieHudsonNBCS) November 24, 2019
“Watch, Anfernee... He can ball.”
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