The Dallas Mavericks (37-26) needed a win in the worst way agains the Portland Trailblazers (42-20) Friday night. Dallas came into the game on a season-high three-game losing streak. With the next two games against the Blazers and the Indiana Pacers, Dallas desperately needed a win and they got it as they defeated Portland 103-98.
How it went down:
If the Mavericks were guilty of playing their worst first quarter of the season against the Denver Nuggets Wednesday night, you could argue they played their best first quarter against the Blazers. Dallas jumped out on the Blazers 33-10 in the first quarter behind the hot-hand of Jose Calderon. Calderon shot 6-7, including 3-4 from behind the arc. He finished with 15 points of his 19 in the quarter.
Dallas continued to pour it on in the second quarter as they jumped out to a 40-10 lead early in the second quarter. All was right in the world for the Mavericks. Dallas had the Blazers on their heels offensively and defensively through the first half. Portland made a little run but Dallas still on to a 19-pont lead at the break.
The third quarter was a different story, though. LeMarcus Aldridge single-handedly tied the Mavericks in scoring for the period as they both finished with 18. Wesley Matthews poured in another ten for the Blazers as they outscored Dallas by 18 in the quarter. The once 30-point game was now down to one.
In danger of losing another game in which they had a big lead, Dallas would have to rally in the fourth. Dallas did just that. The Blazers jumped out to a seven-point lead at one time during the game but Dallas was able to rally for the victory. The fourth quarter belonged to Devin Harris as he scored 10 points for Dallas in the frame.
Inside the Numbers:
Dallas shot 34 free throws after only shooting nine in the loss to Denver Wednesday night.
Coming into Friday’s game, Dallas has lost six games in which they’ve held a lead of at least 16 points.
Portland shot 21.1% in the first quarter and 63.6% in the third quarter. They finished the game 45.8% from the field.
Impact Play of the Game:
Play 1: Tied at 98, Devin Harris grabbed an Aldridge missed shot and drove the length of the floor for an off-balanced shot and he was fouled.
Play 2: Monta Ellis missed two free throws that would have put Dallas up by five. After his second miss, Vince Carter snuck in for the offensive rebound. Carter was fouled and he would sink both free throws.
Step-Up Mav of the Night:
Jose Calderon and Devin Harris
As mentioned before but players were crucial for the Mavericks’ win. Calderon ignited the spark that got Dallas going in the first quarter while Harris helped Dallas in their comeback. He was instrumental in helping to seal the win for the Mavericks.
“They came back a lot quicker than we wanted it to be, but we kept fighting and got the win,” – Dirk Nowitzki
“You know, somehow you have to ignore the score and keep playing. That’s what it comes down to,” – Rick Carlisle
Dallas will host the Indiana Pacers on Sunday night. Indiana is coming into town fresh off a three-game losing streak and will be wanting some revenge against the Mavericks, who beat the Pacers before the All-Star break 81-73. The game can be seen on FSSW at 6:30 p.m. CT.
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