NBA Game Summary - Dallas at Portland
(Saturday, April 12th)
Final Score: Portland 108, Dallas 105
Portland, OR (Sports Network) - Brandon Roy scored 23 points to lead the Portland Trail Blazers past the Dallas Mavericks, 108-105.
LaMarcus Aldridge poured in 22 points for the Blazers, who have won two of their last three contests. Jarrett Jack contributed 19 points and 10 assists, while Channing Frye had 15 and 10 rebounds. Steve Blake ended with 16 points.
"Tonight I loved the offense and I loved the crowd," said Portland coach Nate McMillan. "It makes a big difference when you get that kind of fan support. These guys are playing off the crowd."
Dirk Nowitzki chipped in 28 points for the Mavs, who saw their three-game win streak halted, but still occupy the seventh seed in the West with two games of breathing room separating them from eighth-seeded Denver. Eddie Jones gave 16 points and Brandon Bass 12. Erick Dampier totaled 11 points and Jason Terry 10. Jason Kidd tallied eight points and 10 helpers.
Mavericks forward Josh Howard (knee) did not play on Saturday.
"We weren't in a good state of mind early in the game," said Dallas coach Avery Johnson. "They made every single shot. I wanted to say guys weren't contesting shots, but the one's we were contesting they were still making. We couldn't get stops when we couldn't get stops. They were on fire tonight."
A Nowitzki fadeaway jumper closed out an 11-4 Dallas run that brought the Mavs within 99-95 with 3:16 left to play.
Aldridge interjected with a pair of free throws, but Eddie Jones answered with a layup and Nowitzki connected on a pair of buckets to knot the contest at 101 with 58.7 ticks remaining.
The Blazers marched down the court and Aldridge put in a three-point play before the Mavs responded with a pair of free throws from Terry, and trailed 104-103.
The Blazers worked the ball around and eventually found Travis Outlaw, who hit a shot from the baseline for a three-point lead with 28.5 seconds on the clock.
The Mavs inbounded the ball, and Nowitzki was fouled driving to the hoop. He hit both shots to again make it a one-point game, 106-105. Dallas then immediately fouled Jack, who hit both attempts for the three-point cushion.
The Mavs took the ball down the court, but Terry missed a layup and the ball caromed out of bounds with 4.8 seconds showing. On the subsequent inbounds, Kidd found Terry in three-point land. Terry dribbled, pulled up, but couldn't connect, and his shot bounced off the iron as time expired.
The Blazers jumped out to a 37-21 lead after the first frame.
The 37 first-quarter points were a season-high for Portland.
The Mavs trimmed their deficit to 64-50 at the half.
After Dallas dug itself into an 11-point hole, a Dampier dunk and a three from Jones sparked an 11-3 Mavs run which brought the club within 73-70 with 5:41 left in the third quarter. Kidd and Nowitzki closed the surge out with back- to-back jumpers.
Jack and Blake answered with consecutive buckets to pump Portland's lead up to seven points. The clubs would trade shots and the Blazers were up 87-80 heading into the final 12 minutes of play.
The Blazers outscored the Mavs 8-4 to begin the fourth, which eventually gave Portland a 95-84 lead with about 7 1/2 minutes left in regulation.
Dallas is 17-23 as the visitor this season. Portland is 27-13 at the Rose Garden this season...The clubs split the series 2-2, but Dallas had won two straight, 15 of 16 and 16 of the last 18 matchups before Saturday's duel...The Blazers' 58.7 percent shooting from the floor was a season-high.
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