PORTLAND, OREGON (TICKER) —The Cleveland Cavaliers try to win consecutive road games for the first time in nearly a year on Monday when they continue a season-high six-game road trip at the Rose Garden against the Portland Trail Blazers.
The Cavaliers improved to 3-17 on the road this season with an 87-79 victory over the Seattle SuperSonics on Sunday. They have won two of their last four road games after losing 15 in a row.
Zydrunas Ilgauskas had 14 points and 10 rebounds for the Cavaliers, who shot just 42 percent (32-of-77) from the floor and had a 48-37 rebounding advantage.
Cleveland has not won consecutive games on the road since February 13 and 16, when it won in Milwaukee and Chicago, respectively.
Portland’s last five games have been decided by seven points or less, including Friday’s 82-81 road loss to the lowly Denver Nuggets.
Derek Anderson scored 17 points and Bonzi Wells had all 15 of his points in the first half for the Blazers, who lost for just the third time in six games following an eight-game winning the third time in six games following an eight-game winning streak.
Center Arvydas Sabonis did not play until the fourth quarter as he has been bothered by a sore back.
Portland has won four of the last five games with Cleveland and has a 53-37 advantage in the all-time series.