Reporting Matt Loede
CLEVELAND (92.3 The Fan) — It was a night of ups and downs for the Cavs, but in the end, Nicolas Batum’s 3-pointer with 0.2 seconds left in double overtime was the final dagger.
In the end, the team played well in the eyes of head coach Byron Scott and the fans at the Q, but the team still fell in two overtimes to the Portland Trail Blazers in a 118-117 heart stopping thriller.
The loss stopped the Cavs from winning back-to-back games for the first time all season, and also the team lost guard Dion Waiters to a sprained left ankle in the second extra frame.
Waiters ended the night with 12 points and seven assists. The team announced X-rays on the ankle were negative. When asked how he was in the locker room, he said “fine,” and limped to the trainers room.
He will have a day off Sunday before the Cavs head to Detroit on Monday to take on the Pistons.
Trailing 117-115 with 2.5 seconds remaining, Portland called timeout and inbounded near midcourt.
Damian Lillard passed to Batum, who hit a fadeaway jumper from the right corner in front of Cleveland’s bench.
The Cavs went for a “hail mary” with 0.2 seconds left, but couldn’t get a shot off before time expired.
Lillard led Portland with 24 points while Batum added 22.
Alonzo Gee paced the Cavaliers with 22 points, but missed a free throw that would have given them a three-point lead before Batum’s shot.
Tyler Zeller played the best game of his young career, hitting on 6-of-11 shots from the field, and having a big second overtime, scoring eight points, but it wasn’t enough.
Anderson Varejao had 19 points and 17 rebounds for his eighth straight double-double.
(The Associated Press contributed to this report)