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Blazers vs. Mavericks

Dirk Nowitzki scores 22 points with Jose Calderon adding 19 points as the Mavericks edge the Trail Blazers at home 103-98.

DALLAS — After skidding to their first three-game losing streak of the season, the Dallas Mavericks returned home hungry for a win in front of their fans.

Welcoming in the Portland Trail Blazers, the Mavs tried to avoid a fourth straight loss while attempting to take the season series 2-1. The Mavs also looked to avenge a 127-111 home defeat at the hands of the Trail Blazers back on Jan. 18.

But, after building up a 30-point lead in the first half, the Mavericks would find themselves down by as many as seven down the stretch. Still, the Mavericks (37-26) found a way to end their skid, staging a late-game comeback and an 11-0 run to close the game in order to walk off their home floor with a 103-98 victory.

“They came back a lot quicker than we wanted it to be, but we kept fighting and got the win,” 12-time All-Star Dirk Nowitzki said while summing up the night.

Two nights after allowing 41 points in the first quarter en route to a 115-110 loss at Denver, the Mavericks came out clicking on all cylinders, starting the game on a 24-5 run. Meanwhile, Mavs point guard Jose Calderon took the lead on the offensive end, scoring 15 first-quarter points to power the home team to a 33-10 advantage after the first 12 minutes of play.

Behind the aerial theatrics of backup big man Brandan Wright, the Mavs widened their separation on the scoreboard early in the second stanza. But, after the margin grew to as many as 30, the Trail Blazers (42-20) would start to gain some traction behind the inside play of Thomas Robinson. Still, with Nowitzki and starting 2-guard Monta Ellis coming alive, the Mavs took a 57-38 advantage into the halftime break.

Led by Calderon’s 19 points on 8-of-13 shooting, the Mavericks held the double-digit lead while outshooting the Blazers through two quarters, 53.7 percent to 36.6 percent. The Mavs also overcame Portland’s 23-21 rebounding edge, forcing the visitors into 12 turnovers for 15 points at the other end of the floor.

Opening the third quarter with a 3-pointer by Wesley Matthews, the Blazers showed that they wouldn’t go away quietly in the second half. All-Star big man LaMarcus Aldridge then began to will his team back into the game, helping the Blazers creep to within single digits.

The Blazers would then come within one at 65-64 on Nicolas Batum’s putback with 4:33 left in the period, answered immediately by sixth man Vince Carter’s thunderous slam to keep Portland at bay. However, led by Aldridge’s relentless attack, the Blazers would grab their first lead at 69-67 with 2:50 left in the quarter. Nowitzki then answered Aldridge’s offensive attack to help the Mavs sneak into the fourth with a 75-74 edge.

“Jose was aggressive and stepping into shots. And to hold a great offensive team like they are to 10 points, that was a fantastic (first) quarter for us. And then they already started chipping away in the second. We talked about we’ve got to come out strong at halftime, but all the talking I guess didn’t work. They played really well. LaMarcus got going there, and he’s tough to guard on the block. We got a little colder, and then we had to grind it out,” Nowitzki explained of the first three quarters.

Following Mavs big man DeJuan Blair’s flagrant-one foul call with 11:31 left in the fourth for a shot to Robinson, the Blazers again grabbed the lead. Mo Williams’ jumper then lifted the Blazers to an 85-78 advantage, forcing a timeout by Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle with 9:34 still on the clock.

“You know, somehow you have to ignore the score and keep playing. That’s what it comes down to,” Carlisle would later say.

The Mavs would indeed continue to fight, taking a 90-89 lead on reserve guard Devin Harris’ 3-pointer from the wing to force a Portland timeout with 7:14 remaining while capping an 8-0 run.

The Blazers quickly countered with their deadly 3-point shooting to regain the momentum. Aldridge’s alley-oop finish off a feed from reigning Rookie of the Year Damian Lillard then put the Mavericks in a 98-92 hole with 4:26 left to respond. But the Mavericks charged right back, capping a 6-0 spurt to tie the game at 98-all on Ellis’ steal and score with 1:44 remaining.

The Dallas defense did the rest, stringing together stops before Harris’ and-one score over Lillard put the Mavs up three with 24.2 seconds left. Aldridge’s turnover at the other end then sent the ball back over to the Mavericks with 19.7 ticks remaining. But, after Ellis failed to cash in on two foul shots with 17.4 seconds on the clock, Carter would have to intervene after collecting an offensive rebounding and receiving a foul by Aldridge, connecting on two subsequent free throws to ice the game.

Scoring 22 points on 8-of-19 shooting, Nowitzki led four Mavericks in double figures. Calderon went scoreless in the second half to finish with 19 points and Ellis added 17 points, eight rebounds and seven assists in the first unit. Meanwhile, Harris tallied 12 points off the bench.

“Guys just kept fighting,” Harris said. “We just wanted to hang in there. Obviously, they made a run in those middle quarters and we didn’t want to give up. We knew we still had a chance to win the game, and guys just kept fighting till the end.

“Obviously, we feel like we should have done a better job throughout the game, but we’ll take the win and hopefully we can carry it over to the next one. That’s the most important thing.”

Aldridge led four Blazers in double figures with a game-high 30 points on 13-of-28 shooting, adding 17 rebounds. The Mavs also slightly outshot the Blazers for the game, 46.8 percent to 45.8 percent, overcoming a 49-38 rebounding disadvantage with 23 points off 19 Portland turnovers.

“You look at the box score and we had one bad quarter, really. It was a horrible third quarter and they got going,” Carlisle concluded. “Give them credit. They hung in, they kept fighting and making plays, and it didn’t look good. I think we had nine stops in a row to end the game, which shows what we’re capable of. [Samuel] Dalembert was great and he protected the rim. Devin Harris made a couple of really huge plays, and it’s that close. You’re either feeling great about it or it’s a really tough night, and this is how it’s going to be the next 19 games. I mean, the games are all going to be hard like this.”

Note: The Mavericks return to action at American Airlines Center Sunday, hosting the Eastern Conference-leading Indiana Pacers. Dallas leads the season series 1-0 after an 81-73 road win back on Feb. 12. The game will air locally on Fox Sports Southwest at 6:30 p.m. CT. Tickets are still available and can be purchased by calling (214) 747-MAVS (6287) or by visiting Mavs.com.

Portland Trail Blazers
PLAYER MIN FGM-A 3PM-A FTM-A OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF +/- PTS
Nicolas Batum, F 38 3-8 1-5 2-2 2 3 5 5 0 2 3 3 0 9
LaMarcus Aldridge, F 37 13-28 0-1 4-6 5 12 17 3 3 0 3 4 -7 30
Robin Lopez, C 30 0-2 0-0 2-2 2 3 5 2 0 2 2 2 7 2
Wesley Matthews, G 34 11-19 4-8 0-1 1 5 6 0 1 0 2 3 9 26
Damian Lillard, G 35 3-10 1-6 3-3 0 3 3 4 0 0 5 3 -7 10
Meyers Leonard 5 1-2 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 2 -14 2
Mo Williams 25 3-9 1-6 0-0 0 3 3 2 0 0 1 2 -10 7
Dorell Wright 4 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 -8 0
CJ McCollum 8 0-0 0-0 1-2 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 3 -1 1
Thomas Robinson 19 4-5 0-0 3-5 4 5 9 0 1 2 2 6 6 11
Will Barton 0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Victor Claver 0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Allen Crabbe 0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Joel Freeland 0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Earl Watson 0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
TOTALS FGM-A 3PM-A FTM-A OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF   PTS
    38-83 7-26 15-21 14 35 49 17 5 6 19 29   98
    45.8% 26.9% 71.4%                    
Dallas Mavericks
PLAYER MIN FGM-A 3PM-A FTM-A OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF +/- PTS
Shawn Marion, F 29 2-6 0-1 0-0 2 2 4 0 0 0 0 1 -10 4
Dirk Nowitzki, F 33 8-19 0-2 6-7 0 5 5 6 2 0 1 2 15 22
Samuel Dalembert, C 28 1-5 0-0 2-2 3 5 8 0 1 3 1 5 12 4
Monta Ellis, G 41 6-13 0-2 5-9 2 6 8 7 3 0 4 3 5 17
Jose Calderon, G 29 8-16 3-6 0-0 0 0 0 2 1 0 0 2 -11 19
Vince Carter 23 3-6 0-0 3-4 2 2 4 0 1 0 2 3 -11 9
Brandan Wright 15 3-4 0-0 0-0 0 2 2 1 0 1 0 0 -5 6
Jae Crowder 11 1-3 0-1 6-7 0 2 2 0 1 0 0 0 13 8
Devin Harris 22 4-6 1-1 3-5 0 3 3 1 1 0 1 4 19 12
DeJuan Blair 3 1-1 0-0 0-0 0 2 2 0 0 0 0 2 -2 2
Wayne Ellington 0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Bernard James 0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Shane Larkin 0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Ricky Ledo 0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Gal Mekel 0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
TOTALS FGM-A 3PM-A FTM-A OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF   PTS
    37-79 4-13 25-34 9 29 38 17 10 4 9 22   103
    46.8% 30.8% 73.5%                    

One-on-One with Vince Carter

Mavs.com's Lonnie Franklin III goes one-on-one with Vince Carter as he dishes on his game-saving rebound against the Trail Blazers, Sunday's tilt against the Pacers and more.

 

Postgame: Dirk Nowitzki

Mavs F Dirk Nowitzki says the team showed "great fight" to come back and get the win against the Trail Blazers Friday night.

 

Postgame: Devin Harris

Mavs PG Devin Harris talks about the "get-out-of-the-way play" and says the team came up with some big defensive stops towards the end of the game to close out the Blazers Friday night.

 

Mavs Stave Off The Blazers

Dirk Nowitzki scores 22 points with Jose Calderon adding 19 points as the Mavericks edge the Trail Blazers at home 103-98.

 

Facial Delivery

Vince Carter goes vintage and delivers the facial

 

The Wright Way

Monta Ellis drives in the lane and throws up the hook shot and Brandan Wright elevates and throws it down emphatically.

 

Shootaround: Devin Harris

Mavs PG Devin Harris dishes on the challenges the Trail Blazers present tonight, the effort and intensity they need to bring in order to be successful and more.

 

Shootaround: Rick Carlisle

Mavs head coach Rick Carlisle previews Friday night's game against the Trail Blazers, talks about how important it is for everybody to be ready to play tonight and says Wayne Ellington is back and will be available.

DALLAS — Facing a Portland team with plenty of depth, the Dallas Mavericks know they will have to play a well-rounded game in order to end their current three-game losing streak Friday night.

Just like the Mavericks (36-26), the Trail Blazers feature five scorers averaging double figures. For that reason, the Mavs admit that they will have to do much more than just contain All-Star big man LaMarcus Aldridge and reigning Rookie of the Year Damian Lillard while bidding to take the season series 2-1.

“We’ve got to be aggressive,” Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle explained, “and it’s got to be a collective effort on both sides of the ball all night long. Portland is a very good inside team with Aldridge and [Robin] Lopez, and they’re great on the perimeter because of their 3-point shooting. They’re just a well-balanced team, so I don’t know that it’s a thing where you can just say we’re going to take this one thing away. They’re just too good and too balanced. We’ve got to play a great all-around game of basketball as a team.”

Falling to three straight defeats for the first time this season, the Mavs admittedly will take the court viewing Friday’s outing against the Trail Blazers (42-19) as a must-win game. However, even while trying to remain in the thick of the playoff race, the Mavs say they can’t get caught in a back-and-forth affair, looking to share the wealth and rely on their own depth to sprint to a win on their home hardwood.

“It’s going to be a hard-fought game,” Mavs reserve guard Devin Harris foreshadowed. “Obviously, they’re a team that looks for the open guy, which makes them even tougher to guard, and we’ve got to be the same type of guys. We’ve got to have a spread-out court and attack them where their weaknesses are, and obviously defensively we’ve got to try to shut them down.”

Note: The Mavs return to American Airlines Center Friday night, hosting the Portland Trail Blazers. The season series is tied at 1-1 after both teams won on the other’s home floor. The game will air locally on Fox Sports Southwest at 7:30 p.m. CT. Tickets are still available and can be purchased by calling (214) 747-MAVS (6287) or by visiting Mavs.com.

DALLAS — Falling to three straight defeats for the first time this season, the Dallas Mavericks will try to make the proper adjustments while welcoming in two tough opponents to town this weekend.

Looking to end their three-game losing streak Friday and hosting a Portland team they’ve already split two games with this season, the Mavericks (36-26) will try to get back on track before the Eastern Conference-leading Indiana Pacers invade American Airlines Center on Sunday. The Mavs will also attempt to keep their playoff hopes alive with 20 games left to play, hoping to learn from Wednesday’s 115-110 loss in Denver after trailing by as many as 20.

“I mean, you’re always worried when you lose three in a row with 20 left and playoff standings are the way they are,” 12-time All-Star Dirk Nowitzki admitted. “So, yeah, are we worried? Yeah. Are we going to do anything about it? We’ll see this weekend. I mean, it’s a tough two games at home with Portland playing well. Portland beat us by 40 it felt like the last time at home and Indy is a very, very good team, so it doesn’t get any easier. But we just need to compete. If we lose, like we did (Wednesday) in the second half, and we go down swinging, everybody plays hard and plays together, we’ll take it.”

Coming off Wednesday’s loss, the Mavericks will now square off against four of the top seven teams in the league record-wise in the next five games. Meanwhile, the Trail Blazers (42-19) come to town with just a 6-9 mark on the road since Dec. 18, allowing home teams to score an average of 108.5 points during that span.

Friday, the Mavs will undoubtedly need to make a stand on their own floor in order to avenge a 127-111 home defeat at the hands of the Blazers back on Jan. 18.

“You know, this is the first time we’ve dropped three in a row all year, so it’s a time of great urgency and we’ve got to step up and we’ve got to respond,” Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle explained. “You’ve got two teams coming in here the next two games that are among the top five in the league, so this is good and we need it. We need to step up and do better and play harder and more together.

“This is one of those times where we’ve got to have character and we have to rally and we’ve got to do better, but there is no other way of really putting it. Twenty games left now and 20 games in 41 days. It’s going to go by fast, so each possession and each quarter and period between timeouts is an opportunity to rise up. And that’s what we’ve got to do.”

Note: The Mavs return to American Airlines Center Friday night, hosting the Portland Trail Blazers. The season series is tied at 1-1 after both teams won on the other’s home floor. The game will air locally on Fox Sports Southwest at 7:30 p.m. CT. Tickets are still available and can be purchased by calling (214) 747-MAVS (6287) or by visiting Mavs.com.

Mavs head coach Rich Carlisle
On the Mavs’ resolve tonight
“It was great. You look at the box score – we had one bad quarter, really. It was a horrible third quarter, and they got going. Give them credit; they hung in, they kept fighting and making plays. It didn’t look good. I think we had nine stops in a row to end the game, which shows what we’re capable of. Dalembert was great; he protected the rim. Devin Harris made a couple of really huge plays. It’s that close; you’re either feeling great about it or it’s a really tough, tough night. This is how it’s going to be the next 19 games; the games are all going to be hard like this.”

On the late-game defense
“It was tight. It was tight, and it had to be. They’re a very skilled team, and they get the ball in the basket. Aldridge had a game going. We were throwing every coverage in the world at him, and he was still scoring.”

On the team’s ability to compete
“The first quarter, you’re not going to have a better first quarter in this league. There is a lot of adrenaline – you can’t sustain that, not against a quality team like Portland. When we got into a lull, we were still able to keep playing pretty well; I think we only got beat by four in the second quarter. The third quarter is the one that we’ve got to eliminate. Somehow, you’ve just got to ignore the score and keep playing. When we’re down seven with three-and-a-half minutes to go, we’ve got to ignore the score and keep playing. That’s what it comes down to, one stop and one opportunity, one stop. That’s how you’ve got to look at it. It’s going to be a character test, and it’s going to test our team resolve the next 19 games, but that’s good. If we’re not up to it, then we don’t deserve to go to the playoffs.”

On blowing a 30-point lead
“We’ve been blowing leads all year. Ask me something that hasn’t been happening. We’ve blown a lot of big leads, so this is one of the realities that we face with this team, and we’re going to keep working to prevent it from happening next time. That’s all we can do, that’s all we can do. I don’t mean to offend you, but how many whatever-point leads have we blown this year?…There’s been tons of them. With 19 games left, we’ve got to work to prevent because tonight, if you talk about doing it the hard way, there’s no harder way to do it than tonight.”

On the team’s confidence playing with the “big boys”
“I’m not big into analysis. We’ve got to quarter to quarter. We’ve got to go whistle to whistle with this whole thing. If we could go beyond that and start looking into the future, we’ll get in our own way. That’s just the way it is. We know we’ve got a lot of good teams to play, and we know we’ve got a lot of good teams to play at home. Sunday is, on paper record-wise, is a harder game than this one. We’ve got to get ready for that one.”

Mavericks Center Brandon Wright

On how he would describe what happened in the game
“It was unbelievable.  We got outscored by, I don’t know how much, after that first quarter being up 40-10.  They went on a heck of a run but all it’s going to say in the paper tomorrow is that we got the W.”

On how they pulled it out at the end of the game by getting timely stops
“Yes, that’s just a credit to us turning it up and playing hard on defense.  We got the stops and we made some shots also.”

On if it’s been tough to stay positive after the losing streak
“Well, it’s a little bit of both, but we have to stay positive around here and keep playing.  We can’t expect teams to lay down and we have to keep winning because this is a playoff race.  It’s probably going to go down to the last week and each game is important.”

Mavericks Guard Devin Harris

On how he would describe what happened in the game
“Obviously, you’ve got to love the way we started but they came back and took the lead back from us.  They came out and were more efficient in the second half but we just hung in there, kept playing and we were able to make the plays to win the game.”

On his mindset of being aggressive offensively tonight
“Just take open shots when they are there.  I have to keep shooting when I am open and hopefully find my groove.   But one thing I can do is drive and coach called some plays late in the game to get me in the paint and make something happen.”

Monta Ellis’ next start will be the 500th of his career.

Dirk Nowitzki ranks 13th all-time in career scoring with 26,347 points. He needs 49 points to pass John Havlicek (26,395) for 12th place on the NBA’s all-time scoring list. Dominique Wilkins ranks 11th all-time with 26,668 career points.

Shawn Marion ranks 19th all-time in career steals with 1,711. He needs six thefts to pass Ron Harper (1,716) for 18th place on the NBA’s all-time steals list. Magic Johnson ranks 17th with 1,724.

Marion has 1,196 career blocks and needs four rejections to become the 52nd player in NBA history with at least 1,200 blocks.