PORTLAND, Ore. -- LaMarcus Aldridge scored 28 points and grabbed eight rebounds as the Portland Trail Blazers started slow but pulled away to beat the Cavaliers 98-78 Sunday night.
Kyrie Irving had 21 points, eleven in the third quarter. Antawn Jamison had 11 rebounds. Cleveland (4-4) was coming off a 98-87 victory at Minnesota on Friday. The Cavs were playing the third game of an eight-game road trip.
Anderson Varejao put the Cavs ahead 32-3 late in the half, but the Blazers went on a 12-3 run capped by Matthews' 3-pointer to lead 42-35 at the break.
The Cavs activated 7-foot Turkish center Semih Erden before the game. Erden had not played this season because of a broken right thumb. He did make an appearance late in the fourth quarter.