Authors: By ANNE M. PETERSON
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- LaMarcus Aldridge had 28 points and eight rebounds and the Portland Trail Blazers got off to a slow start but pulled away to beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 98-78 on Sunday night.
Wesley Matthews added 24 points for the Blazers, who led by as many as 24.
Kyrie Irving, the top pick in last June's NBA draft, had 21 points - 11 in the third quarter. Antawn Jamison, who was Cleveland's top scorer going into the game, made a 3-pointer for his only basket of the game, but had 11 rebounds.
The Cavaliers were only allowing an average of six fast-break points per game, but Portland had 22 even though the overall pace of the game seemed sluggish.
The Blazers are 6-2, with their two losses coming on the road to the Clippers and the Suns. The 102-77 loss at Phoenix on Friday came after a statement-making victory over the Los Angeles Lakers the night before.
Cleveland (4-4) was coming off a 98-87 victory at Minnesota on Friday.
Portland led by as many as six points in the first quarter, but Cleveland tied it at 24 midway through the second on Ramon Sessions' short jumper and free throw.
Both teams played unhurriedly in the first half, and the pace was especially noticeable with Portland because the Blazers have adopted a more up-tempo style this season.
Anderson Varejao put the Cavs ahead 32-3 late in the half, but the Blazers went on a 12-3 run capped by Matthews' 3-pointer to lead 42-35 at the break.
Jamison, who was averaging 17.9 points, was held scoreless in the first half. Aldridge, Portland's top scorer, hit just three of 10 shots from the floor.
The pace picked up in the second half and the Blazers stretched their lead to 53-43 midway through the third quarter on Gerald Wallace's 3-pointer. Wallace finished with 16 points.
Nicolas Batum extended Portland's lead to 79-62 with a long jumper in the fourth, and Wallace sealed it with a dunk that made it 85-65. The jam came off a pass by Matthews, who thwarted the Cavaliers by switching direction on the dribble down the court.
Cleveland activated 7-foot Turkish center Semih Erden before the game. Erden has not played this season because of a broken right thumb.
Erden made an appearance late in the fourth quarter.
Notes: Cleveland was playing the third game of an eight-game road trip. ... Blazers coach Nate McMillan had the Broncos-Steelers NFL playoff game on during his pregame session with reporters, while Scott waited until the game went to overtime to speak. ... The Cavs made rookie forward Mychel Thompson inactive for the game to make way for Erden.