Fourth quarter secures Blazers win
Backcourt mates Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum combined for 49 points, and the Trail Blazers broke things open in the fourth quarter en route to a 107-93 triumph over Dallas on Friday night at American Airlines Arena.
Lillard scored 29 points and McCollum tallied 11 of his 20 points in the first quarter for the Blazers (27-22), who won their fourth straight game and gave Terry Stotts his 250th career coaching victory.
Reserve forward Ed Davis had a big game off the bench, scoring 15 points on 6-for-7 shooting, grabbing 13 rebounds and blocking three shots in 28 minutes.
Harrison Barnes scored 21 points and Dennis Smith Jr. chipped in 18 points and seven assists for the Mavericks (16-33), who lost for the fifth time in six outings.
Lillard did not score until late in the second quarter but finished making 9 of 18 shots from the field. McCollum was 9 for 14 and had five assists and four rebounds. Jusuf Nurkic collected 12 points and eight rebounds for Portland.
The Blazers outrebounded Dallas, 54-37. The Mavericks shot only .393 from the field.
Portland outscored Dallas 35-19 in the second quarter to seize a 52-44 halftime edge. McCollum had 13 points at the break.
The Blazers increased the margin to 59-47. The Mavericks trimmed the difference to 61-59 midway through the third quarter. Portland carried a 75-68 advantage into the final period.
Portland began the fourth quarter with a 20-5 tear. Lillard's 3-point shot extended the Blazers' lead to 95-74 with 6:50 remaining. Dallas never got closer than 14 points the rest of the way.
NOTES: The Blazers don't play again until Tuesday night, when they visit Staples Center to face the Los Angeles Clippers. ... Portland did not have the services of starting small forward Evan Turner, who was not with the team for "personal reasons," for the Dallas game.