NBA Frustrated Blazers whip on Cavaliers
Cleveland appeared to be well-scouted by Portland.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- Coming off a discouraging loss a few days earlier, the Portland Trail Blazers wanted to make quick work of the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Scottie Pippen scored 14 of his 16 points in the first half as the Trail Blazers jumped on the Cavaliers early and went on to win 118-94 Monday night.
"It was a great win for us, because we needed to bounce back," Pippen said. "Any time you lose a game, you want to stop the bleeding, so it was big for us to come out and play well."
The Blazers have won 12 of the last 15, but their 82-81 loss to the Denver Nuggets on Friday night stung, especially when Rasheed Wallace and Dale Davis failed to sink shots in the final moments. It was their sixth straight loss in Denver.
"All year we have responded well to losses, and tonight was no exception," Portland guard Antonio Daniels said. "We came out and played well and jumped out early, and I think that's pretty important. You don't want to let a team like this hang around and get that enthusiasm like they have a chance to win."
Ruben Patterson, subbing for injured starter Bonzi Wells, scored 20 points in his seventh start of the season for Portland.
Wells, who is averaging 16.2 points and is the team's second-leading scorer behind Wallace, did not suit up because of a sore left foot. The team said he was day-to-day.
The Cavaliers were coming off just their third road win of the season, an 87-79 victory over the Seattle SuperSonics on Sunday. But they lacked energy against the Blazers.
"A lot of experience on that ballclub," said Ricky Davis, who led the Cavs with 17 points. "Scouting reports are important, and it looks like they scouted us to a T. They were running our plays for us."
It was never much of a contest, as the Blazers led by as many as 30 points. After Cleveland kept it close for much of the first quarter, Pippen hit a 3-pointer that put the Trail Blazers up 24-18 with 3:52 to go. Portland blew it open from there, going on a 19-5 second-quarter run.
"We wanted to take the fight out of them early and not give them any kind of hope going into the second half," Pippen said.
The margin gave the Blazers the opportunity to get a good look at rookie Qyntel Woods, who had a career-high 14 points in a season-high 26 minutes. Woods' fastbreak dunk put Portland ahead 100-71 early in the fourth quarter.
Cleveland guard Dajuan Wagner, limited Sunday by a bruised left heel, did not start but scored 14 points in 32 minutes.