Sunday, March 21: Mavericks 132, Trail Blazers 92
The skinny: A crisp first quarter by Portland transitioned into ugly second and third quarters and Dallas ended up routing the Trail Blazers 132-92 Sunday at the Moda Center.
It was Portland's worst loss of the season as the Trail Blazers fell to 25-17. The Mavericks (22-19) led by as many as 45 points.
Luka Doncic scored 37 points, hitting 13 of 19 shots and his first eight 3-point attempts. He missed on his ninth.
Josh Richardson added 21 points. The Mavs shot .558 from the floor, and went 19 of 37 (.514) on 3-pointers.
On the other side, it was quite an amazing thing to watch Damian Lillard, CJ McCollum and Carmelo Anthony go a combined 0 for 16 on 3-point attempts. The Blazers, second to Utah in NBA 3-point shooting, made only 9 of 41 3-pointers (.220) and shot .382 overall.
Lillard had 19 points, and the Trail Blazers simply had an off night, two nights after beating Dallas.
The Blazers actually led 30-27 after a well-played first quarter.
But, the Mavericks started to hit shots, and outscored Portland 38-24 for a 65-54 halftime lead.
The first six minutes of the third quarter decided the game, and it doesn't get any uglier for an NBA team. The Mavericks hit five 3-pointers and outscored the Blazers 19-0 until McCollum hit a jumper and made a free throw with 6:23 left in the quarter. That's right, the Blazers went 5:37 without scoring. Dallas outscored Portland 38-15 in the quarter.
Along with their hot-shooting (and defense), the Mavericks won the battle of the boards, 52-33.
A positive: Portland won the season series with Dallas, 2-1. That'll help come NBA playoff tiebreaker time.
Quotable: "It was just a bad night," said Lillard, who played with a sore knee. "We started off the game solid, had the lead at the end of the first (quarter), but in the second quarter they got it going. They made a lot of 3s. Once they got going, they were comfortable. … Anytime me, CJ and Melo go 0 for 16 from 3, we're not going to have much of a chance. Haven't had one of these in a while; we laid an egg, they blew us away. It's one of those games you get irritated by, but it happens."
Next up: The Blazers play Brooklyn at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Moda Center.
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