James scores big as Cavaliers stop Trail Blazers

LeBron James had 41 points and 10 rebounds as the Cleveland Cavaliers held off a fourth-quarter Portland rally to beat the Trail Blazers.

LeBron James had 41 points and 10 rebounds as the Cleveland Cavaliers held off a fourth-quarter Portland rally to beat the Trail Blazers 106-94 on Sunday. Shaquille O'Neal had 11 points and 11 rebounds for the Cavaliers, who won their sixth consecutive game against the Blazers. James went eight-from-eight from the floor for 20 points in the game's first quarter. He finished 13 of 19 from the field and made 12 of 14 free-throw attempts. "I just wanted to be aggressive," James said. "You have to be that way in order to get road wins, so that was my whole mindset going into tonight." Brandon Roy scored 34 points for the Blazers, who rallied to tie it at 87 with less than seven minutes left after trailing by as many as 17 points in the second half. "I thought in the first half we were a little too controlled - and playing that style of basketball we can't compete against them," Roy said. sports@thenational.ae