It was a high-scoring affair for the Trail Blazers Friday night.
Portland started out the game taking a commanding 22-4 lead with Damian Lillard and Gary Trent Jr. once again on the attack early.
Carmelo Anthony picked up right where he left off Thursday night, with his usual isolation moves mixed in with corner and wing threes. At the break, the Blazers held a 73-52 lead behind Melo’s 16 first-half-points, which included a three-pointer at the buzzer.
But even with the Cavs picking up the pace in the second half along with Collin Sexton’s determination and competitive nature at both ends, Cleveland was no match for Portland. The Blazers now improve to 15-10 after Friday's 129-110 win.
The Cavaliers found themselves racking up fouls in the first few minutes of action, while Enes Kanter continued to dominate on the glass.
Cleveland was without Matthew Dellavedova (head; concussion), Kevin Love (right calf; strain), and Larry Nance Jr. (left hand; fracture).
When the two teams first went to their benches, it was the Cavaliers who brought the extra punch and cut the lead to 11 at the end of the first quarter.
But the Blazers' offensive firepower and dominance on the boards was just too much for the Cavaliers.
Portland shot 59.5 percent for the field and 46.2 percent from three in the first half, but it’s not a real surprise since the Cavs are at the bottom of the league in defending the arc.
The pick and roll between Damian Lillard and Enes Kanter also picked apart Cleveland’s defense. Whether Lillard took it himself to the rim or found Kanter on the roll, or found Derrick Jones Jr. cutting baseline, the Blazers had it going out of that action.
Lillard, as he has all season, drew two defenders early and often. The Blazers point guard notched eight assists in the first half.
Kanter scored 10 points and pulled down six rebounds in his first eight minutes of work as he continues to be one of Portland's most consistent players.
And it was another Carmelo Anthony show on the offensive end.
Melo had 16 in the first half. He finished with 23.
When the Cavs couldn’t buy a bucket, they went to their bench and Jarrett Allen delivered. Allen also showed off his playmaking to help Cleveland claw its way back at the end of the first quarter. He finished with 22 off the bench.
The Blazers announced that Rodney Hood would not return to the game after playing just 12 minutes due to left foot soreness.
Carmelo Anthony has been in the zone from deep for the second straight game:
The Blazers took their largest halftime lead of the season up 21 at the break Friday night.
Next up: Portland now heads out on a three-game road trip starting off in Dallas. The Blazers and Mavericks will tip-off at 4:30p.m. PST on NBCSNW Sunday afternoon.