Even Blazers surprised by rout of Cavs
The Trail Blazers' 105-76 beatdown of the Cavaliers Saturday at Moda Center was as unlikely as it was impressive.
Unlikely because the best No. 23 on the court wasn't four-time MVP LeBron James. That title belonged to Allen Crabbe, who finished with a career-high 26 points, while James turned in 12 points on 4-for-13 shooting in a listless 26 minutes.
And unlikely because turnovers that had plagued Portland during its five-game losing streak disappeared. The Blazers racked up 18 first half assists without turning the ball over, becoming the first team in the league to record a turnover-free half this season.
Unlikely because Blazers blitzed Cleveland from the opening tip, taking a 34-12 lead after the first quarter and never letting the Eastern Conference's top team make it competitive in the final three quarters.
All this came with point guard Damian Lillard watching from behind the bench in a suit, missing his third straight game due to plantar fasciitis in his left foot. The win prompted Blazers coach Terry Stotts to ask the obvious question to open his postgame press conference.