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Kyrie Irving scores 31 points, Cavaliers beat Trail Blazers 93-88 to snap 4-game skid

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    Cleveland Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving shoots an outside shot during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game against the Portland Trail Blazers in Portland, Ore., Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2013.(AP Photo/Don Ryan) (The Associated Press)

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    Cleveland Cavaliers guard Dion Waiters, right, drives to the basket past Portland Trail Blazers guard Wesley Matthews during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game in Portland, Ore., Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2013.(AP Photo/Don Ryan) (The Associated Press)

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    Cleveland Cavaliers forward Alonzo Gee, right, passes inside against Portland Trail Blazers forward LaMarcus Aldridge during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game in Portland, Ore., Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2013.(AP Photo/Don Ryan) (The Associated Press)

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    Cleveland Cavaliers forward Alonzo Gee, right, pressures Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game in Portland, Ore., Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2013. (AP Photo/Don Ryan) (The Associated Press)

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    Cleveland Cavaliers head coach Byron Scott yells from the bench during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game against the Portland Trail Blazers in Portland, Ore., Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2013. (AP Photo/Don Ryan) (The Associated Press)

Kyrie Irving scored 31 points, Tristan Thompson added 19 points and 13 rebounds, and the Cleveland Cavaliers beat the Portland Trail Blazers 93-88 on Wednesday night to snap a four-game losing streak.

Nicolas Batum had 23 points and 12 rebounds for the Blazers, who erased a 19-point second-quarter deficit and briefly took the lead. Wesley Matthews added 17 points and LaMarcus Aldridge had 15.

Irving won his first matchup with Portland rookie point guard Damian Lillard, who finished with 13 points. Lillard entered the fourth quarter with only three points on 0-for-3 shooting, but tied the score at 75 with a 3-pointer and then gave the Blazers an 86-85 lead by hitting a 20-footer with 2:07 left.

Irving took over from there, though. He made a pull-up jumper, a turnaround bank shot and a couple of free throws as Portland wilted.

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