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Shorthanded Cavs lack rebounding, passing ability in 113-105 loss to surging Portland; Three takeaways

Fourth quarter run falls short

The Cavaliers went on a 9-0 run near the later stages of the fourth quarter, as Korver, James and Hill effectively worked with each other to find high-percentage shots in the paint and beyond the perimeter. The deficit stood at 105-102, the last closest score before time expired.

James missed an open layup that would have closed the margin to three with 33 seconds left in regulation, leading to a trio of free throws from Damian Lillard to seal the frustrating loss.

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John Alfes has covered Cleveland sports since August of 2016. Follow him on Twitter @JohnAlfes for breaking news and in-depth coverage all season long.

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John Alfes is a senior at John Carroll University, and hails from Westlake, Ohio. His love and passion for the game of baseball originated in 1998, when he played catch with his father at the age of two. A former collegiate pitcher, Alfes currently serves as a Cleveland Cavaliers reporter for AP Radio/Metro Networks and the Cleveland Indians Beat Writer for CBS Sports/Scout Media Network, all while majoring in Communications (focus in Journalism) and English (focus in Professional Writing). He is the Sports Editor for The Carroll News, Sports Director for WJCU 88.7 FM and Senior Writer for the John Carroll Sports Information Department. John is an Eagle Scout and loves his two younger brothers (Conrad and Daniel) and two parents (John and Celeste). You can follow John Alfes on Twitter (@JohnAlfes) or reach him through email (

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