NBA’s Best Beats Cavs, 119-116

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CLEVELAND– The Cleveland Cavaliers fell to the team with the best record in basketball on Tuesday, as the Portland Trail Blazers won 119-116 on a Damian Lilliard three-pointer with 4 tenths of a second left.

The winning basket negated a Cavs’ comeback from ten down.

Anderson Varejao scored with 7 seconds left on a short basket to tie the game at 116 all.  That set the stage for Lilliard’s heroics. The win for Portland gave them an NBA best 22-4 record.

Lilliard finished with 36 points and ten assists. He was 8 of 12 from three-point land.

Kyrie Irving and Dion Waiters shared Cavs scoring honors with 25 points. Waiters was instrumental in the Cavs building a 5-point lead early in that final stanza.

The 4th quarter was a wild one. Portland came into the final stanza leading by 4, 92-88.

Waiters, who refuted reports before the game that he asked to be traded, scored two buckets to tie the game.

An Earl Clark three-pointer and another hoop by Waiters gave the Cavs a 97-92 lead.

Portland came within one point, before Jarrett Jack scored to give Cleveland a 99-96 lead.

LaMarcus Aldridge gave the visitors a brief 101-99 lead before Waiters cashed in to tie the game at 101 apiece.

Lots of time to go after that basket with just under 6 minutes remaining. Consecutive three pointers by Damian Lilliard and  Wesley Matthews, coupled with a basket by Aldridge  gave Portland a 109-101 with  about 4 minutes to go. That deflated the crowd at the Q.

Waiters’ three got the Cavs closer at 109-104 but Portland scored 5 more in a spree and led 114-104 and all looked lost.

However, the Cavs mounted the comeback to tie it but had no good fortune in stopping Lilliard when it counted the most.

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