of portland trailblazers won two in a row. Dallas Mavericks Sunday evening at the Moda Center at 140-123. Dallas All-Star Luke Doncic did not appear on the second night. However, Damian Lillard had six assists and scored 40 points in 37 minutes. Blazers forward Nasir Little was out for a long time with an injury, but his 3-5 3-point shot saw him score 10 points and return. Yusuf His Nurkic helped Lillard dominate the fourth quarter and finished the game with 20 points. Anphanie Simmons and Jerami Grant each also scored his 20th. Mavericks guard Spencer Dinwiddie scored 28 points in Doncic’s absence, but it wasn’t enough to give his team the win. was not sufficient to qualify for
The team combined 75 free throw attempts in the game.
The win brings Portland’s record to 21-22, keeping them in first place in the Western Conference playoff race despite a recent five-game losing streak.
The Mavericks missed Luka Doncic in the early set, but they didn’t have to struggle too hard to read the Blazers, employing the same tactic that worked so well for them last night. Dallas spent extra time setting up plays in those conditions. Without their superstar it wouldn’t have been as smooth, but after a while they found his shot open from the pass. There were plenty of three-point attempts, but they missed more than their share.
No matter what the Mavs did on offense, they weren’t going to stop Damien Lillard on the other side. bottom. When Lillard failed to score a goal, forwards Jerami Grant, Josh Hart and Anfanie Simmons made hay against overly committed defense from Dame’s plate.
The only development that ruined the Blazers’ opening six minutes was Jussuf Nurkic picking up two fouls within four minutes. This removed the pick-and-roll attack and forced him to rely a little more on penetrating bolds and deep shots off the dribble. But getting too happy with the iso shot Lillard took the lane and dished it out again. After that, their attempts were free.
Portland led 21–15 at the 6:00 mark, benefiting from Lillard’s greatness and Grant’s scoring momentum.
Even with the edge, the Blazers still showed cracks. I had a hard time dealing with the Spencer Dinwiddie invasion. Reggie Bullock didn’t miss an open 3-point shot. These two of him scored a total of 13 points in his first seven minutes of the game. Hart got his second foul in the same span, joining Nurkic as an early contender for the “starter in perpetual foul trouble”. The Blazers cracked a bit when Christian Wood started dunking at home. Dallas lowered his lead to 3 with him 4:00 remaining.
Grant and Simmons tried to score for the Blazers late in the second half as Lillard fell back a bit. They were moderately successful. The Mavericks, who continued to miss his threes wide in his open, greatly helped the cause. Dinwiddie also scored his second personal foul during the whistle-intensive period.
Head coach Chauncey Billups played alongside Shadon Sharpe, Jabari Walker, and the Reserves at check-in and kept the dame for the remainder of the first. The success rate without key players was lower than when Lillard had multiple options, but it helped. Gary Payton II was lively and disruptive. Drew Eubanks did a regular standup job on defense. Portland finished the period with his 33-31 run, turning a potentially great quarter into a good one with a late scoring slowdown.
Lillard tried to take the quarter off in the first 90 seconds of the second, hit a step-back 3, and received another foul. He had a turbo shot button and no one was waiting on the scoring attempt. Gary Payton II, Dallas Guard’s McKinley Wright IV, and (again) Damian Lillard the Only sunk in quick succession, and both teams favored his trio.
Scoring dried up and the game slowed significantly as the quarter hit the midpoint. His action was characterized by missed shots and momentum-stopping whistles. The most exciting developments for the Blazers were Nurkic’s inside bully against smaller defenders and the long-awaited return of Nasir Little.
Both the pace and Dallas’ scoring recovered after the 6:00 mark. The Mavs ran the ball, drew his third foul against Nurkic, and after Nurk was seated, Wood used his height advantage to thrive. Lillard continued to score and occasionally assist, but all but his hands dried up in Portland.
But Dame was enough. As Dallas continued to scramble and run, he kept his cool and hit every available target from his frequent (and unstoppable) drives. He finished the first half with 22 goals and five assists. Dallas eventually sold the farm on defense to keep the ball out of their hands. Portland made some mistakes, but Hart and company offensively hit his glass to give them extra chances. The Blazers splattered slightly, but he still finished the first half trailing 61-54.
Dallas started the third with an inside out. Their bigger players Wood and Davis Bertans scored inside the arc. Dinwiddie hit his after three. Nurkic started to run wild in the second quarter, but he drew his fourth foul and took about three minutes to stop it. The Mavericks scored almost instantly with his 16-8 over Portland in his first four minutes.
The lead teetered for several minutes as the teams traded single point margins. Two 3s by Grant in the sixth minute gave Portland back the margin. They led 77-74 with 5:59 remaining. Dinwiddie picked up his fourth foul in the moment, giving Portland a potential offensive weakness. Simmons hit the ensuing free throw to win 79-74, giving his team more breathing room than ever before.
Dallas attempted to launch an early attack to regain points, but the point guard was absent and they were unable to get off the launch pad on several possessions. Some were behind the clock. Other players interrupted by foul calls led to free throws for Dallas…about the only way they were scoring consistently. Converted to our quick points. By the 4:00 mark, the Blazers had their margin back to seven and potentially salvaged a dismal quarter.
Story got better within the 3:00 mark for Portland when Little stroked the third 3 of the game. Especially in his open shots, Little looked comfortable on the floor. Best of all, the Blazers extended their lead again with Lillard off the floor behind Little and his guys. Lillard did not take over when he returned to the mark at 2:00. The biggest fireworks of the Final 120 came when Shadon his sharp hit the baseline at halfcourt and scored a huge dunk. As a result, Portland’s score went to him 98-89.
Dallas scored a 3 from Jaden Hardy in the final seconds and a conventional 3-point play from Dwight Powell, but the Blazers still led 98-95 on horns in the third period. Wood had 11 in the Dallas period.
The fourth period began with Dame hitting a short shot and expressing intent to win it. Grant fouled Dinwiddie for 3 on the next play, allowing Dallas to win it back. Dame then ran into And One at the foul line “J”. Powell then dunked on the other side. Little was then fouled on a skying dunk putback attempt. And Dinwiddie hit a looping scooper in the lane. Ho boy. It was going to be like this.
After that commotion, a big event occurred as Dinwiddie picked up his fifth foul by interfering with Nurkic’s drive. More than 10 minutes left on the clock. The Mabs left him for better or worse.
Hardy and Lillard both scored on the next two possessions before Dinwiddie finally missed a jumper, breaking both teams’ streak of consecutive scoring possessions. At that point, Portland he was leading 109-103 with 9:30 remaining.
But that’s when Portland’s lid came off and the fireworks started. After a combination of three free throws from Lillard and Nurkic, Lillard hit a 3 and Nurk hit his own. The best bad was he scored 9 points in 80 seconds and pushed Portland’s lead to 15, 118-103 with 8:08 remaining. If Dallas has the rest of the run, it has to be huge.
Hopes of a comeback faded when Lillard stole a pass on the next possession and Nurkic completed the transition with a half-hook to the post. Dame and Nurk went to Salt Bae with that win, and Moda Center rocked the rest of the night.
Stay tuned for an in-depth analysis of our upcoming games!
The Blazers will take Martin Luther King Jr. off before heading to Denver to face the Nuggets on Tuesday night at 7 p.m. Pacific time.