With Kevin Love (health & safety protocols), Isaac Okoro (hamstring) and Lauri Markkanen (health & safety protocols) out with injury, the Cavs again showcased their ability to adjust and find success with just an 8-man rotation.
Cleveland turned in another night of balanced scoring led by a super-charged Jarrett Allen, who put up 24 points on 9-of-15 shooting, pulling down a game-high 17 rebounds.
Six players scored in double figures including Allen (24), Collin Sexton (21), Darius Garland (19), Dylan Windler (13), Cedi Osman (12) and Evan Mobley (11). Garland impressed with 10 assists, while Sexton sealed the game with a driving floater with 1:43 left on the clock. Evan Mobley — the smooth-moving, stand-out rookie — electrified the crowd with a monster block on Lillard with 1:21 left in the game, and that was that.
Off the bench, Dylan Windler provided a much-needed spark, knotting the score 26-26 off a clutch three early in the 2nd quarter. The Cavs never looked back, maintaining their lead through the final buzzer. Windler finished a perfect 3-3 from beyond the arc.
The Blazers, who have started their season somewhat uninspired behind first-time head coach Chauncey Billups, left Cleveland riding a three-game losing streak. Damian Lillard chipped in a team-high 26 points on 10-of-27 shooting, while Norman Powell contributed 23 points in the loss.
Up Next: Cavs head to Toronto to take on the Raptors this Friday. Tipoff at 7:30 p.m.