NBA Game Summary - Portland at Dallas
(Saturday, April 7th)
Final Score: Dallas 86, Portland 74
Dallas, TX (Sports Network) - Jason Terry scored 29 points, as the Southwest Division-champion Dallas Mavericks righted the ship after having hit a slight snag with an 86-74 win over the Portland Trail Blazers in the opener of a short two-game homestand at American Airlines Center.
Devin Harris scored 18 points for Dallas, which has split its last four games after ripping off nine straight wins. Dirk Nowitzki scored 11 points, and DeSagana Diop and Austin Croshere both grabbed 10 rebounds for the Mavericks, whose next win or Phoenix loss will clinch the top seed in the Western Conference.
"They have a great shot at winning the whole thing, we are just taking it game by game, day by day," Dallas center Kevin Willis said.
In injury news for Dallas, guard Josh Howard (ankle) sat out Saturday's game against Portland. Howard went down with a sprain Friday night versus Denver.
Jarrett Jack scored 18 points for the Blazers, who had a two-game winning streak snapped. Travis Outlaw netted 16 points as the only other player in double figures for the Blazers.
Dallas got an early lead on a 9-0 spurt sparked by a Terry jumper with 9:39 remaining in the first, and led 26-21 heading into the second.
The Mavs blew the game open in the second quarter. They went on a 23-6 run sparked by a pair of Harris free throws less than two minutes into the stanza, and led 51-33 at halftime.
Dallas maintained its lead through the third, preventing Portland from gaining any ground, as the Mavs took a 72-53 lead into the fourth.
Portland hesitated at a rally late in the fourth on a 7-2 spurt but Outlaw's two straight jumpers only cut its deficit to 81-68 with less than three minutes to go.
"We tried to push the ball tonight to get our transition game back, really attacking and trying to get to the free throw line and points in the paint," Harris said.
Phoenix travels to Los Angeles to face the Lakers on Sunday, and Dallas welcomes the Clippers on Monday...Saturday's showdown between Dallas and Portland was the third and final meeting of the season. The Mavs swept the season series and have won 13 straight and 14 of the last 15 meetings...Portland has lost eight straight and 11 of its last 12 trips to Dallas.
04/08 01:08:27 ET