CLEVELAND – – Damian Lillard had 32 points and nine assists and Enes Kanter had 18 points and 13 rebounds, leading the Portland Trail Blazers to their highest point total of the season and a 141-105 rout of the Cleveland Cavaliers on Wednesday night.
Lillard scored 16 points in the first quarter and 14 points in the third as Portland moved within one-half game of the Mavericks and Lakers for fifth place in the West. “We’ve had our ups and downs, but the feeling around our team is much better now. We were kind of searching for a while, but everything just clicked and came together.”
Carmelo Anthony added 16 points off the bench, Jusuf Nurkic had 15 points, 11 rebounds and four blocks, and Canton, Ohio, native CJ McCollum scored 10.
Portland, which has six games remaining, shot 57.6% from the field and went 5-1 on its longest road trip of the second half of the season.
The lowest plus-minus since the NBA began tracking the statistic in 2007-08 is minus-57 by Cavaliers guard Manny Harris at the Lakers on Jan. 11, 2011.
Anderson Varejao had one point and six rebounds in his first game with Cleveland since Feb. 10, 2016.