PORTLAND - LaMarcus Aldridge had 20 points and 11 rebounds before heading to the sideline late in the third quarter, and the Portland Trail Blazers routed the Cleveland Cavaliers, 111-70, on Thursday night.
Portland led by as many as 44 points while easily surpassing its largest margin of victory this season. Gerald Wallace added 17 points for the Blazers, who had 29 assists compared to Cleveland’s six.
Cleveland, with the league’s worst record at 13-54, made just 21 shots from the field on 35.6 percent shooting accuracy. Ramon Sessions had 14 points.
As bad as it was for the Cavaliers, it still wasn’t their worst loss of the season. Cleveland fell, 112-57, at the Los Angeles Lakers in January in the worst loss in the NBA since Feb. 27, 1998, when the Indiana Pacers beat the Trail Blazers, 124-59.
Before Thursday’s game, Portland’s biggest winning margin this season was a 106-80 victory over Milwaukee on Dec. 20.
The Blazers jumped out to 37-12 lead in the first quarter, when the Cavaliers shot just 14.3 percent from the floor. Portland’s 37 points matched a first-quarter season high, while Cleveland’s 12 points equaled its season low.
Portland extended the lead to 54-19 in the second quarter after Aldridge’s dunk and Rudy Fernandez’s fastbreak layup. It was up to 64-34 at the half, and Aldridge departed for good with 3:32 to go in the third.