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

Published: Sunday, Jan. 8 2012 9:45 p.m. MST

Portland Trail Blazers' Marcus Camby (23) and Cleveland Cavaliers' Alonzo Gee (33) go after a loose ball in the first quarter during an NBA basketball game Sunday, Jan. 8, 2012, in Portland, Ore.   (Rick Bowmer, Associated Press) Portland Trail Blazers' Marcus Camby (23) and Cleveland Cavaliers' Alonzo Gee (33) go after a loose ball in the first quarter during an NBA basketball game Sunday, Jan. 8, 2012, in Portland, Ore. (Rick Bowmer, Associated Press)

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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