Cavaliers vs. Blazers: Play-by-play, highlights and reactions

The Cleveland Cavaliers (22-17) play against the Portland Trail Blazers (24-24) at Moda Center

Game Time: 10:00 PM EST on Friday January 7, 2022

Cleveland Cavaliers 114, Portland Trail Blazers 101 (Final)

What’s the buzz on Twitter?

Cleveland Cavaliers @cavs
Started the road trip with a W! #LetEmKnow12:32 AM
Sean Highkin @highkin
J.B. Bickerstaff on Rajon Rondo’s debut: “He’s the ultimate playmaker. The ultimate decision maker. He knows how to get guys involved and break down plays. It was about what I expected.” – 12:28 AM
Portland Trail Blazers PR @TrailBlazersPR
Final Box Score: Cavaliers 114, Trail Blazers 101…12:26 AM
Chad Ford @chadfordinsider
Top Rookies on Fri
Evan Mobley, 18 pts, 8 reb, 3 ast, 1 stl, 2 blk
Ayo Dosunmu, 18 pts, 5 reb, 4 ast, 3 stl
Scottie Barnes, 11 pts, 9 reb, 6 ast, 1 stl, 1 blk
Aaron Wiggins, 13 pts, 7 reb, 4 ast, 2 stl
Jared Butler, 17 pts, 3 reb, 4 ast, 1 stl – 12:26 AM
Joe Gabriele @CavsJoeG
Rondo sets ’em up in 1H, Cedi & Garland knock ’em down in 2H – #Cavs win in POR for first time since 2013 – 114-101; Cedi, 4 big bombs in 4Q; first win for in POR as a Cavalier; POR, 40%FG; POR, 16-35 3ptFG, CLE, 17-39 3ptFG; CLE, just 9 T.O. AM

StatMuse @statmuse
Darius Garland last 6 games:
26 PTS, 6 AST
27 PTS, 10 AST
22 PTS, 8 AST
28 PTS, 6 AST
22 PTS, 6 AST
21 PTS, 3 AST
He’s shooting 53/40/100 in that span. AM

Portland Trail Blazers @trailblazers
Norm: 19p/5r/3a
RoCo: 17p/8r/2b
Nurk: 14p/12r/4a/2s
Ant: 14p/7a/3r
DSJ: 10p/4a/3r
Nas: 8p/8r
Cody: 6p/4r
Ben: 5p
Trendon: 4p/6r/2a
CJ E: 4p/2r AM

Christopher Hine @ChristopherHine
Spurs, Kings and Blazers, the three teams immediately behind the Wolves, all lost tonight. A good night in the standings for them. – 12:21 AM
Casey Holdahl @CHold
Cavs 114, Blazers 101: FINAL. 19 points, 5 rebounds for @Norman Powell. 17 points, 8 rebounds for @Robert Covington. 14 points, 12 rebounds for @Jusuf Nurkic. 14 points, 7 assists for @Anfernee Simons. 10 points, 4 assists for @Dennis1SmithJr. – 12:21 AM
Kelsey Russo @kelseyyrusso
That does it in Portland, #Cavs win 114-101. Cavs turned it up in the fourth quarter with some really solid plays on both ends of the floor to get the win.
Darius Garland had 26 pts and 6 assists. Evan Mobley with 18 pts and 8 boards. – 12:21 AM
Cleveland Cavaliers @cavs
We accept this rose 🌹 #LetEmKnow AM

Chris Fedor @ChrisFedor
What a magnificent fourth quarter from Darius Garland as well. He served up his own venti peppermint mocha. – 12:19 AM
Rob Perez @WorldWideWob
nice sequence here from Darius Garland to seal the W in Portland AM

Cleveland Cavaliers @cavs
DG!!! 🌟🌟🌟
Sean Highkin @highkin
That might be Anfernee Simons’ first tech. – 12:13 AM
Jamie Hudson @JamieHudson_
Anfernee Simons hit with a tech?! Wow. 2022 is wild – 12:13 AM
Jay Allen @PDXjay
Anfernee Simons just picked up his first career technical foul. #Blazers trail the Cavs 108-96 with 2:08 left in the 4th. – 12:13 AM
Chris Fedor @ChrisFedor
Coffee is for closers. Cedi Osman must have chugged Starbucks. – 12:12 AM
Casey Holdahl @CHold
Anfernee Simons with a technical?!? He’s all grows up! – 12:12 AM
Kelsey Russo @kelseyyrusso
#Cavs Cedi Osman’s three 3s in this quarter have been really crucial. – 12:01 AM
Portland Trail Blazers PR @TrailBlazersPR
Third Quarter Box Score: Cavaliers 82, Trail Blazers 78…12:00 AM
Jay Allen @PDXjay
Robert Covington has hit five 3-pointers and blocked two shots tonight. He played his 500th career game Wed. night. He’s the only player in #NBA history with 1000+ threes & 400+ blocks through his first 500 career games. – 11:57 PM
Jay Allen @PDXjay
#Blazers lineup to start the 4th: Dennis Smith Jr, CJ Elleby, Ben McLemore, Nassir Little, and Trendon Watford. – 11:54 PM
Kelsey Russo @kelseyyrusso
Portland outscored Cleveland 31-25 in the third quarter. #Cavs hold an 82-78 lead heading into the fourth. – 11:52 PM
Cleveland Cavaliers @cavs
Closing time in Portland. #LetEmKnow11:51 PM
Casey Holdahl @CHold
Cavs 82, Blazers 78: end of third quarter. 17 points, 8 rebounds for @Robert Covington. 14 points, 4 rebounds for @Norman Powell. 11 points, 12 rebounds for @Jusuf Nurkic. 11 points, 6 assists for @Anfernee Simons. – 11:50 PM
Sean Highkin @highkin
The vast majority of Blazers players couldn’t identify “Mama Said Knock You Out” or “What’s Love Got to Do With It” in the Jumbotron segment. – 11:40 PM
Cleveland Cavaliers @cavs
Can’t ask for better ball movement 😍 #LetEmKnow PM

Portland Trail Blazers @trailblazers
RoCo’s 3rd triple of the night 🎯 PM

Chris Fedor @ChrisFedor
Has Nurkic made it back across halfcourt yet? – 11:39 PM
Cleveland Cavaliers @cavs
Big to big for the corner pocket! 🔥
📺 #CavsBlazers on @BallySportsCLE PM

Portland Trail Blazers PR @TrailBlazersPR
First Half Box Score: Cavaliers 57, Trail Blazers 47…11:21 PM
Joe Gabriele @CavsJoeG
Rondo makes immediate impact (11pts, 4reb, 3asst, stl, +8), #Cavs outscore POR, 33-26, in 2Q – lead at H, 57-47; CLE, 44%FG, 43% 3ptFG, just 2 T.O.; FTs: POR, 4-9, CLE, 14-20; Garland, 16pts, 6-11FG, 4-7 3ptFG, 3asst; Allen, 7pts, 2-2FG, 4reb, 2stl; Windler, 6pts, 2-2 3ptFG. PM

Kelsey Russo @kelseyyrusso
At the end of the first half, #Cavs lead 57-47.
Rajon Rondo has a season-high 11 points in his debut. He also has 4 rebounds and 3 assists. – 11:14 PM
Cleveland Cavaliers @cavs
27 combined from DG and Rondo 🔥
@socios | #LetEmKnow11:12 PM
Casey Holdahl @CHold
Cavs 57, Blazers 47: halftime. 11 points, 8 rebounds, 2 assists for @Jusuf Nurkic. 8 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists for @Norman Powell. 6 points, 2 rebounds for @Anfernee Simons. – 11:10 PM
Chris Fedor @ChrisFedor
Blazers gotta shake up their roster. I mean, they had to this offseason and wrongly chose to change their coach instead. But this should bring it into focus. – 11:10 PM
Cleveland Cavaliers @cavs
Who doesn’t want to see this duo at #NBAAllStar in The Land?!
🌟 🌟 PM

Casey Holdahl @CHold
After review, Covington is called for a flagrant 1 for making contact with Rondo. – 11:05 PM
Cleveland Cavaliers @cavs
#NBAAllStar this man 🔥
🌟 RTs count for 2 votes for #DariusGarland 🌟 PM
Kelsey Russo @kelseyyrusso
#Cavs Darius Garland is just hitting 3s left and right tonight. He’s 4-of-7 from 3, and has 16 points with 3:52 left in the first half. – 10:55 PM
Jay Allen @PDXjay
This is the first time in Jusuf Nurkic’s career that he’s hit more than one 3-pointer in a game. Now 2-2 for tonight. #RipCity10:55 PM
Sean Highkin @highkin
Darius Garland rules – 10:55 PM
Kevin Pelton @kpelton
Rajon Rondo has scored as many points in his Cavaliers debut (8) as in any game he played for the Lakers this season. It’s three minutes into the second quarter. – 10:44 PM
Portland Trail Blazers PR @TrailBlazersPR
First Quarter Box Score: Cavaliers 24, Trail Blazers 21…10:42 PM
Kelsey Russo @kelseyyrusso
At the end of the first, #Cavs lead Portland 24-21.
Evan Mobley leads the Cavs with 6 pts and 2 rebounds. In Rajon Rondo’s first 5 minutes on the floor, he has 3 pts, 3 rebounds and 3 assists. He was active on the defensive end and made some good passes to his teammates. – 10:38 PM
Casey Holdahl @CHold
Cavs 24, Blazers 21: end of first quarter. 6 points, 2 rebounds for @Norman Powell. 5 points, 4 rebounds for @Jusuf Nurkic. POR shooting 36 percent, CLE 38 percent. – 10:36 PM
Chris Fedor @ChrisFedor
Rondo has such a great understanding of the game. Makes guys better. Makes things easier for his teammates. Exactly what’s needed behind Garland. – 10:36 PM
Kelsey Russo @kelseyyrusso
Rajon Rondo has checked into the game, making his debut with the #Cavs at the 5:07 mark. He’s back on the floor after that timeout. – 10:30 PM
Mike Richman @mikegrich
It is a little wild that Rajon Rondo + 3 Centers is a lineup a good team can trot out in 2022. But, friends, it’s pretty tight. – 10:27 PM
Serena Winters @SerenaWinters
First Rajon Rondo sighting 👀 – 10:25 PM
Kelsey Russo @kelseyyrusso
I flipped this.
#Cavs are shooting 2-of-10 from the field and 1-of-4 from 3. Blazers shooting 3-of-12 from the field and 0-of-2 from 3. That was through the 6:52 mark in the first quarter. – 10:23 PM
Jay Allen @PDXjay
Both teams are struggling in the paint early: Blazers are 3-10; Cavs are 1-6. Portland and Cleveland are tied at 6 with 6:52 left in the 1st qtr. – 10:21 PM
Cleveland Cavaliers @cavs
Shootin’ rainbows 🌈
@Darius Garland has us underway in #CavsBlazers! PM

Cleveland Cavaliers @cavs
#FridayFeeling on the road! 😄
Tune in for #CavsBlazers on @BallySportsCLE! #LetEmKnow PM

Portland Trail Blazers @trailblazers
Friday night 🖐
1⃣ @Anfernee Simons
2⃣4⃣ @Norman Powell
9⃣ @Nassir Little
3⃣3⃣ @Robert Covington
2⃣7⃣ @bosnianbeast27
#RipCity | @stormxio PM

Kelsey Russo @kelseyyrusso
#Cavs Isaac Okoro – who is out with a left elbow sprain – went through a workout on the floor before the game. He did one drill where he jogged from halfcourt to the corner, caught the ball and shot a 3. He also worked on 3s from both corners. – 9:46 PM
Portland Trail Blazers @trailblazers
🏀 #RipCity    vs @Cleveland Cavaliers
⌚ 7:00PM
📻 @RipCityRadio620 PM

Eric Koreen @ekoreen
Per @RaptorsPR, VanVleet’s 17 straight points is most by a Raptor since rookie MoPete had the same on Feb. 27, 2001 vs. Cleveland. Vince holds the record, 18, vs. Orlando. – 9:39 PM
Vivek Jacob @vivekmjacob
Per Raps PR, Fred’s 17 straight points tonight was the longest streak by a Raptor since Mo Pete scored 17 straight Feb. 27, 2001 vs. Cleveland. Vince Carter holds the franchise record with 18 consecutive points March 17, 2000 vs. Orlando. – 9:38 PM
Doug Smith @SmithRaps
From the tireless Raptors PR crew:
Fred VanVleet’s 17 consecutive points tonight was the longest streak … since Morris Peterson scored 17 straight Feb. 27, 2001 vs. Cleveland. Vince Carter holds the franchise record with 18 consecutive points March 17, 2000 vs. Orlando. – 9:38 PM
Kelsey Russo @kelseyyrusso
#Cavs starting five tonight here in Portland: Darius Garland, Lamar Stevens, Lauri Markkanen, Evan Mobley and Jarrett Allen – 9:28 PM
Cleveland Cavaliers @cavs
Starting us off in Portland! #LetEmKnow PM

Chris Fedor @ChrisFedor
The VanVleet/Beal/Garland choice for All-Star is going brutal for NBA coaches. – 9:26 PM
Chris Fedor @ChrisFedor
#Cavs Rajon Rondo has taken part in two practices since joining the team, so I wouldn’t expect a big workload in his debut tonight. However, multiple sources say he has looked good in scrimmages. His smarts have already stood out. He’s not Rubio. But should give more than Pangos – 9:24 PM
Brad Townsend @townbrad
Are we sure Sean Sweeney is the Mavs’ DEFENSIVE coach? At halftime of his first game as acting coach, Dallas leads 80-60.
Mavs’ previous high for a first half this season was 72 at Portland on Dec. 27.
It’s Dallas’ highest-scoring first half since 85 vs. Rockets in the bubble. – 9:09 PM
Cleveland Cavaliers @cavs
Ready for his Cavalier debut! #LetEmKnow PM

Minnesota Timberwolves PR @Twolves_PR
Per @EliasSports, over the last 25 seasons, Anthony Edwards is the second @Minnesota Timberwolves player to record 5+ threes in a quarter multiple times (Kevin Love, 2013-14).
#NBAAllStar @Anthony Edwards8:59 PM
Jay Allen @PDXjay
Robert Covington will start tonight against Cleveland for Larry Nance Jr. (right knee). #RipCity #Blazers8:57 PM
Kelsey Russo @kelseyyrusso
#Cavs Rajon Rondo is out here on the floor going through his pregame workout. – 8:51 PM
Cleveland Cavaliers @cavs
30 games in for #EvanMobley 👀🦄
14.8 PPG | 8.2 RPG | 2.5 APG
1.8 BPG | .501 FG%
#NBAAllStar | #LetEmKnow PM

Serena Winters @SerenaWinters
It’ll be great to see Cedi Osman back in action tonight!
JB Bickerstaff said he expects him to play.
Rajon Rondo will make his debut.
It’s all coming up on @BallySportsCLE at 10pmEST with @CavsJMike and @MrCavalier34 !!! #LetEmKnow PM

Jay Allen @PDXjay
Cody Zeller will play tonight against Cleveland but will be on a minutes restriction, per Chauncey Billups. Zeller missed the last month with a right knee injury and in the Protocols. #Blazers8:18 PM
Cleveland Cavaliers @cavs
RETWEET for a chance to win this signed polaroid of #JarrettAllen!
#NBAAllStar | #LetEmKnow PM

Cleveland Cavaliers @cavs
RETWEET for a chance to win this signed polaroid of our rookie #EvanMobley!
#NBAAllStar | #LetEmKnow PM

Rich Hoffman @rich_hofmann
A block and an assist for Danny. Take that, Snell! – 7:28 PM
Joe Gabriele @CavsJoeG
Know what would be a good way to warm up for tonight’s road trip opener v. POR? Checking out @Kevin Love on this week’s episode of Wine and Gold Radio. The 5-time All-Star discusses a variety of topics, including @ElalcaldeRafa intimating my dog was fat.…7:24 PM
Alvaro Martin @AlvaroNBAMartin
Este sábado me toca el #PartidoDeLaSemana solo por NBA League Pass junto al @CoachCMorales. Esta vez, @Utah Jazz en @Indiana Pacers. Solo por NBA League Pass. Te espero. PM

Cleveland Cavaliers @cavs
RETWEET for a chance to win this signed polaroid of #DariusGarland!
#NBAAllStar | #LetEmKnow PM

Portland Trail Blazers @trailblazers
Tonight’s Gameday Poster 🎨
Art by Brendan Loscar PM

Sam Quinn @SamQuinnCBS
I just submitted my mid-season awards ballot for a piece we’re running soon so I figured I’d share my votes:
MVP: Nikola Jokic
DPOY: Draymond Green
6MOY: Tyler Herro
ROY: Evan Mobley
MIP: Ja Morant
COY: Billy Donovan
EOY: Arturas Karnisovas – 5:46 PM
Cleveland Cavaliers @cavs
Late night with the squad!
🆚 @Portland Trail Blazers
🕙 10:00PM ET
📺 @BallySportsCLE
@betwayusa | #GetItLocked PM

Michael Scotto @MikeAScotto
The Cleveland Cavaliers have guaranteed the contract of Ed Davis for this season, @Jorge Sierra has learned. – 5:29 PM
Yossi Gozlan @YossiGozlan
Post Cut-Down Date Spending Power Update:
-OKC can still generate $34M in cap space. Notable since they’re way below the salary floor.
-Grizzlies sign Killian Tillie using a chunk of their Room MLE.
-Utah, Cleveland, and Lakers create small TPEs (not listed). PM

Portland Trail Blazers @trailblazers
7 shots. 7th All-Star Game. 2:53 of Logo Lillard.
⭐ RT to vote ⭐
#DamianLillard #NBAAllStar ⭐ PM

Jay Allen @PDXjay
#Blazers confirm that Cody Zeller (right knee/Protocols) is available for tonight’s game. #RipCity4:53 PM
Portland Trail Blazers @trailblazers
Game 3 of 5 at our place 🏠
#RipCity PM

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