Thursday , Dec , 16 , 2004 C.Y. Ellis

Portland Trail Blazers Team Report – December 16

=== Portland Trail Blazers Team Report – December 16 ===

(Sports Network) – The Portland Trail Blazers were crushed by the Cleveland
Cavaliers, 112-88, at Gund Arena on Wednesday.

Darius Miles scored 21 points and grabbed six boards for the Trail Blazers,
who have lost five of seven. Portland is 3-8 on the road this season.

The game was tied at 53-53 early in the third quarter, but the Cavaliers
responded with a 17-5 run and they never looked back. Jeff McInnis capped off
the burst on a bucket to give his team a 71-58 advantage with 3:47 left in the

Cleveland was in front 80-64 after 36 minutes and led by double digits the
entire fourth quarter. The largest margin for the Cavs was 28 in the final
minute at 112-84.

Miles has scored in double-digits in three straight games. He is averaging 16
points and four rebounds in that span.

Portland is off until Friday when it visits the Atlanta Hawks. Last season,
the Blazers swept the two contests between the teams.