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Snowfall in Portland affects Cavaliers, Trail Blazers

Mark Gohlke shovels snow off his truck in King City, Ore., Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2017. A major snowstorm spread through Portland and parts of Washington state overnight, toppling trees, closing schools and cutting power to thousands.(AP Photo/Don Ryan)
Mark Gohlke shovels snow off his truck in King City, Ore., Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2017. A major snowstorm spread through Portland and parts of Washington state overnight, toppling trees, closing schools and cutting power to thousands.(AP Photo/Don Ryan)
Tree branches, broken from the weight of heavy snow, are scattered on the ground of the park blocks across from the Portland Art Museum in Portland, Ore., Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2017. A major snowstorm spread through Portland and parts of Washington state overnight, toppling trees, closing schools and cutting power to thousands.(AP Photo/Don Ryan)
Tree branches, broken from the weight of heavy snow, are scattered on the ground of the park blocks across from the Portland Art Museum in Portland, Ore., Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2017. A major snowstorm spread through Portland and parts of Washington state overnight, toppling trees, closing schools and cutting power to thousands.(AP Photo/Don Ryan)
Heavy, wet snow fell and rapidly accumulated in SE Portland, Ore., Tuesday night, Jan. 10, 2017. (Dave Killen/The Oregonian via AP)
Heavy, wet snow fell and rapidly accumulated in SE Portland, Ore., Tuesday night, Jan. 10, 2017. (Dave Killen/The Oregonian via AP)
A pedestrian stops to look at snow-covered rose bushes in the park blocks in Portland, Ore., Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2017. A major snowstorm spread through Portland and parts of Washington state overnight, toppling trees, closing schools and cutting power to thousands.(AP Photo/Don Ryan)
A pedestrian stops to look at snow-covered rose bushes in the park blocks in Portland, Ore., Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2017. A major snowstorm spread through Portland and parts of Washington state overnight, toppling trees, closing schools and cutting power to thousands.(AP Photo/Don Ryan)
A lone figure walks down a snow covered street in King City, Ore., Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2017. A major snowstorm spread through Portland and parts of Washington state overnight, toppling trees, closing schools and cutting power to thousands.(AP Photo/Don Ryan)
A lone figure walks down a snow covered street in King City, Ore., Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2017. A major snowstorm spread through Portland and parts of Washington state overnight, toppling trees, closing schools and cutting power to thousands.(AP Photo/Don Ryan)
Heavy, wet snow fell and rapidly accumulated at the intersection of 70th Avenue and Duke in SE Portland, Ore., Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017. (Dave Killen/The Oregonian via AP)
Heavy, wet snow fell and rapidly accumulated at the intersection of 70th Avenue and Duke in SE Portland, Ore., Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017. (Dave Killen/The Oregonian via AP)
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Wednesday, January 11, 2017 9:46 PM
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- Unusually heavy snowfall affected the Portland Trail Blazers and Cleveland Cavaliers before their game Wednesday night game at the Moda Center.

With as much as 14 inches on the ground in some spots in the Portland area, the game was still scheduled to be played. It was set to be broadcast on national television.

The storm, which started Tuesday night, dumped the most snow recorded in the city since 2008, according to the National Weather Service. Gov. Kate Brown and Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler both issued a state of emergency.

The Cavaliers, who lost to the Utah Jazz 100-92 on Tuesday night, were delayed in getting to Portland but finally arrived about 3 a.m. Wednesday.

The Trail Blazers beat the Lakers in Los Angeles 108-87 on Tuesday night. They flew to Seattle, and players spent the night there. They flew into Portland by midday Wednesday and stayed at a hotel until game time.

The Blazers encouraged fans to use their best judgment in whether to attend the game, which was expected to draw a large crowd with the defending NBA champions in town.

The team said fans unable to attend the game would be allowed to exchange tickets for a comparably valued game in the future. But the policy did not include tickets purchased on the secondary market.

This past weekend, an ice storm in Portland forced the Blazers to move their game against the Pistons from Saturday to Sunday. Detroit won 125-124 in double overtime.

The last time the Blazers had to reschedule a game in Portland because of weather was in January 2005. In 2015, a Blazers' game in New York against the Nets was postponed.

Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue said before the game that he had doubts it would be played as scheduled.

"I didn't think (it would). I thought, they postponed a game for potential bad weather and then they had bad weather and they didn't cancel it. So I don't know," Lue said. "Whatever, we are here so let's play the game."

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