Mavericks fend off Blazers
Luka Doncic scored 35 points and knocked down a career-high eight 3-point shots as Dallas defeated the Trail Blazers 120-112 Friday night at American Airlines Arena.
The Blazers (18-25) didn't just lose the game. They lost CJ McCollum to a sprained left ankle in the second quarter.
Damian Lillard collected 34 points and 10 assists for Portland, which had won two in a row. Carmelo Anthony added 22 points and Hassan Whiteside accumulated 21 points, 18 rebounds and five blocked shots for the Blazers.
Dallas (27-15) won the game at the 3-point line, making 20 of 47 attempts. Portland was 9 for 30 from beyond the arc.
Portland jumped to a 14-3 lead as Dallas missed its first six shots from the field. But Doncic hit four straight 3-point shots and scored 14 points as the Mavericks took a 29-28 advantage. Dallas, 7 for 13 on 3-point attempts, carried a 38-37 edge into the second quarter. The Blazers trailed despite shooting .632 from the field, including 5 for 10 from the 3-point line.
The Mavericks increased the difference to 59-48 late in the second quarter. The Blazers trimmed it to 65-61, but Dallas swept into halftime with a 72-63 lead. Lillard had 25 points and Doncic 23 in the first half.
Dallas stoked its lead to 94-77 late in the third quarter. Portland drew within 98-89 heading into the final period. The Blazers hit eight shots in a row to cut the margin to 98-91.
Whiteside's hook shot cut the deficit to 102-98 with 7:24 remaining. Ex-Blazer Seth Curry's 3-pointer pushed Dallas ahead 110-102, but Anthony Tollliver answered with a 3 to make it 110-105 with 4:50 left. Portland got no closer the rest of the way.
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