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Instant Reaction: Portland Trail Blazers 119, Cleveland Cavaliers 116

Final Outcome

The Cleveland Cavaliers (9-14) battled as hard as they have all season agasint the NBA’s best team, Portland Trailblazers (21-4), but lost in devistating fashion 119-116.

Key Play to the Game

This part of the article had a different twist to it before Damian Lillard went all Black Mamba on the Cavs.  However, with 7.1 seconds remaining, Lillard sized up Alonzo Gee and hit a game-winning 3-pointer with 0.4 seconds remaining.  Deja-vu from last season.

Wine & Gold MVP

This away can go to a number of players, but for his performance down the stretch, the team’s MVP was Kyrie Irving.  Finished with 25 points and 10 assists in a battle of two of the best point guards in the league.  When the Cavs were down 11 with four minutes remaining it looked as though the Cavs were going to lose another game in which they had a fourth-quarter lead.  Irving hit outsides shots and made his way to the rim to get his team back in the game.  It was his assists to Anderson Varejao that tied the game with seven seconds remaining.

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Coach Brown Breakdowt

It wasn’t a game Mike Brown liked with all the points his team gave up.  But for every bucket they gave up, they responded with a bucket of their own.  Brown will address his team’s defense first in the post-game presser, but he will have to applaud the Cavs’ effort agasint the NBA’s best team.

Up Next

The Cavs have two nights off before the Milwaukee Bucks (5-19) come to Quicken Loans Arena.  The Bucks have only won five games this season, one of them coming in the hands of the Cavaliers.  Milwaukee has lost its last three games.  Tipoff is scheduled for 7:30 P.M.   

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