As far as double-digit wins go, the Cleveland Cavaliers’ 137-125 win against the Portland Trail Blazers was one of the more exciting.
Kevin Love got it started with his 34 point first quarter in which he was 10-12 from the field, 8-10 from three and 4-4 from the line. During the entire first quarter, Love popped out and hit shots from about every spot on the floor. His final total was good for the second-best single scoring total ever and pushed the Cavs out to a 15 point lead that never dipped below 11 after they got out to a 15 point lead after the opening 12 minutes.
Love finished with 40 points, a new high for him as a Cavalier. His previous career-high came a year ago to to the day when he scored 34 points against the Orlando Magic.
Along the way, LeBron James - who had seven assists in the first quarter as Love’s primary set-up man - racked up his 44th career triple-double and finished with 31 points, 13 assists and 10 rebounds. Kyrie Irving added 20 points to boot. For the Blazers, Damian Lillard finishes with 40 points and 11 assists to keep Portland relatively close throughout the game and keep the game a high-scoring, back-and-forth affair.
The Cavs, though, withstood just about every Portland run and were able to rest every rotation player aside from Richard Jefferson with a little over to four minutes to play.
Cleveland next plays on Friday at home agains the Dallas Mavericks, as the entire league is off tomorrow for Thanksgiving. Tipoff is at 7:30 p.m.