PORTLAND, Ore. - Ruben Patterson knows he's not going to get chances like this too often.
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Subbing for injured starter Bonzi Wells, Patterson took advantage of his playing time and scored 20 points as the Portland Trail Blazers defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers 118-94 Monday night.
"I know my role," Patterson said. "I knew what I had to do, and that's what I did."
Wells, who is averaging 16.2 points and is the team's second-leading scorer behind Rasheed Wallace, did not suit up because of a sore left foot. Patterson was making his seventh start.
The Trail Blazers, coming off a tough 82-81 loss to the Denver Nuggets on Friday night, have now won 12 of their last 15.
The Cavaliers were coming off just their third road win of the season, a 87-79 victory over the Seattle SuperSonics on Sunday. But they lacked energy against the Trail Blazers.
"I knew they were gonna beat us tonight," Cavs coach John Lucas said. "They're just more talented than we are."
Ricky Davis scored 17 points to lead Cleveland, while rookie power forward Carlos Boozer of Juneau started and posted his ninth double-double of the season with 14 points and 12 rebounds. It was Boozer's first double-double since Dec. 21.
It was never much of a contest, as the Blazers led by as many as 30 points. Zach Randolph had a career-high 18 points, while Scottie Pippen added 16 before resting in the fourth quarter.
After Cleveland kept it close for much of the first quarter, Pippen hit a 3-pointer that put the Trail Blazers up 24-18 with 3:52 to go. Portland blew it open from there, going on a 19-5 second-quarter run.
Patterson's layup put the Blazers ahead 65-39 for their widest margin of the half with 35 seconds left, but Jumaine Jones made a 3-pointer before time ran out to get Cleveland within 23 at halftime.
"We wanted to take the fight out of them early and not give them any kind of hope going into the second half," Pippen said.
Rockets 101, Celtics 92
In Houston, Steve Francis scored 26 points, including eight of his team's final 12, and the Rockets overcame Boston's 3-point barrage.
Cuttino Mobley added 24 points, James Posey had 12 and Yao Ming blocked five shots as the Rockets won their second in a row and sent Boston to its eighth loss in 10 games.
The Celtics attempted 33 3-point shots - tying the most ever by a Rockets opponent - and made 14 of them.
Pistons 101, Magic 86
At Orlando, Fla., Richard Hamilton scored 27 points in the first three quarters and Ben Wallace had 19 rebounds to lead Detroit.
Hamilton scored 23 of his points in the second and third quarters, when the Pistons rallied from a 13-point deficit to take control. Cliff Robinson added 17 points and Chauncey Billups 16 for the Pistons, who have won five of their last six.
Bulls 101, Knicks 94
At Chicago, Jalen Rose scored 28 points and Tyson Chandler had a career-high 19 rebounds as the Bulls nearly blew a 20-point fourth-quarter lead before beating the Knicks.
Allan Houston led New York with 25, and Kurt Thomas chipped in 19.
Grizzlies 110, Warriors 108
At Oakland, Calif., Gordan Giricek made an open layup with 1 second left, and Memphis won on the road for just the second time this season.
Giricek scored 20 of his 22 points in the second half. Pau Gasol added 23 points and 12 rebounds, and Lorenzen Wright had a season-high 15 boards for the Grizzlies, who are 2-16 on the road.
Timberwolves 89, Nuggets 75
At Minneapolis, Anthony Peeler scored 20 points off the bench and Kevin Garnett added 14 points and 15 rebounds to lead Minnesota.
Juwan Howard had 19 points and eight rebounds, and Ryan Bowen had 14 points and nine rebounds for Denver.
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