Darius Garland wears the Cavaliers in front of the Trail Blazers


January 7, 2022; Portland, Oregon, United States; Cleveland Cavaliers forward Lauri Markkanen (24) takes an inside pass during the first half against Portland Trail Blazers forward Robert Covington (33), left, and guard Anfernee Simons (1 ) at the Moda Center. Mandatory Credit: Troy Wayrynen-USA TODAY Sports

Darius Garland recorded 26 points and made five to 3 points to help the Cleveland Cavaliers secure a 114-101 victory over hosts Portland Trail Blazers on Friday night.

Evan Mobley had 18 points and eight rebounds and Lauri Markkanen had 15 points as Cleveland won for just the second time in its last six games.

Cedi Osman scored 12 of his 14 points in the fourth quarter and Jarrett Allen contributed 13 points and 13 rebounds for Cleveland. Rajon Rondo had 11 points in 17 minutes on his team debut as the Cavaliers ended their seven-game losing streak in Portland.

Norman Powell scored 19 points and Robert Covington added 17 points and eight rebounds for the Trail Blazers, who have lost six of their last seven games and 16 of their last 20.

Jusuf Nurkic had 14 points and 12 rebounds and Anfernee Simons had 14 points and seven assists for Portland, which was again without its starting backcourt of Damian Lillard (abdomen) and CJ McCollum (lung).

The Cavaliers shot 48.8% from the field, including 17 of 39 at 3 points.

Dennis Smith Jr. had 10 points for Portland, who had 40.2% of his shots and was 16 of 35 behind the arc.

Osman scored four 3-pointers in the fourth quarter as the Cavaliers outscored the Trail Blazers 32-23.

Mobley’s dunk bolstered Cleveland’s lead to 101-90 with 3:52 to go. Powell and Nassir Little responded with 3 points to bring Portland down to five, but the Cavaliers scored the next eight.

Osman buried a 3-pointer, Mobley slammed a dunk and Garland stole the ball and scored on a layup to give Cleveland a 108-96 lead with 2:08 remaining. Simons was called up for a technical foul and Garland hit him to give a 13-point advantage.

Garland knocked down a 3-point with 1:21 remaining to make it again a 13-point margin as the Cavaliers closed it.

Garland had 16 points in the first half to help the Cavaliers take a 57-47 lead at the break.

Cleveland held a 79-68 lead after Kevin Love connected on a 3-point pointer with 3:04 left in the third quarter. Portland missed the next eight points to move to less than three before the Cavaliers took an 82-78 lead in the final stanza.

–Field level media

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