Trail Blazers get off to strong start and cruise to victory over Pacers
Portland's Damian Lillard reaches for a loose ball against Indiana's Jeff Teague. AP

THE Trail Blazers took control early and ever let up, downing the Indiana Pacers, 131-109, on Wednesday in Portland (Thursday, Manila time).

Damian Lillard had a double-double of 28 points and 10 assists as the Trail Blazers evened their record to 10-10.

The Blazers outplayed the Pacers 31-23 in the first period and were never threatened, bouncing back from a loss to the Houston Rockets.

Maurice Harkless scored 23 and CJ McCollum added 19 points for Portland.

The Pacers saw their win streak end at two.

Jeff Teague scored 25 and Myles Turner came up with a double-double of 19 points and 10 rebounds for Indiana, which absorbed its 10th loss in 16 games.

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