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Aldridge scores 28 in Blazers' 98-78 win over Cavs

By Anne M. Peterson

Associated Press

Published: Sunday, Jan. 8 2012 12:00 a.m. MST

PORTLAND, Ore. — LaMarcus Aldridge had 28 points and eight rebounds and the Portland Trail Blazers got off to a slow start but pulled away to beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 98-78 on Sunday night.

Wesley Matthews added 24 points for the Blazers, who led by as many as 24.

Kyrie Irving, the top pick in last June's NBA draft, had 21 points — 11 in the third quarter. Antawn Jamison, who was Cleveland's top scorer going into the game, made a 3-pointer for his only basket of the game, but had 11 rebounds.

The Cavaliers were only allowing an average of six fast-break points per game, but Portland had 22 even though the overall pace of the game seemed sluggish.

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