Blazers fade near finish in loss to Mavs
DALLAS The Trail Blazers hung in there with Dallas for three quarters before the bottom fell out as the Mavericks pulled away to a 114-91 victory Monday night at American Airlines Arena.
The Blazers trailed only 83-79 after three quarters and were within 83-81 early in the fourth quarter when Dallas (3-1) went on a 12-2 run that left the visitors in their wake.
The loss dropped Portland to 2-2 going into Thursdays home date with the Los Angeles Clippers.
LaMarcus Aldridge and Wesley Matthews each scored 20 points for Portland, which shot only .387 from the field and .227 (5 for 22) from 3-point range.
Portland rookie Damian Lillard who had scored 20 points in each of his first three games had a poor shooting night, making only 2 of 13 from the field and 1 of 8 from beyond the arc. Lillard finished with 13 points, five assists and only one turnover in 33 minutes, making 8 of 8 at the foul line.
O.J. Mayo was sensational for Dallas, bombing in 32 points on 12-of-18 shooting, including 6 of 8 on treys. Center Chris Kaman came off the bench for 16 points and six rebounds in 24 minutes, making 8 of 10 shots from the field.
NOTES The Blazers stayed close as long as they did largely because of their work on the offensive boards, where they held a 23-2 advantage over the Mavericks. Seven of J.J. Hicksons 11 boards came off the offensive glass. ... Portland never led in the game. ... Dallas shot .615 from the field and .500 (10 for 20) on threes. ... The Mavericks had 29 assists, the Blazers only 13. ... Mayo had scored 58 points in his previous two games ... Dallas won the battle in fast-break points (24-2), points in the paint (54-40) and bench points (42-17). ... Portland rookie Meyers Leonard had his best game with six points and nine rebounds in 23 minutes. ... Matthews sank 3 for 4 on 3-point attempts, putting him at .500 (13 for 26) for the season.