Dallas, TX (SportsNetwork.com) - Devin Harris scored the go-ahead bucket with
24.2 seconds to play as Dallas dropped a huge lead but held on for a 103-98
win over Portland on Friday.
Harris finished with 12 points, Dirk Nowitzki added 22 points, six assists and
five rebounds, while Monta Ellis had 17 points, eight rebounds and seven
assists for the Mavericks, who stopped a three-game slide. Jose Calderon gave
LaMarcus Aldridge had a game-high 30 points and 17 rebounds and Wesley
Matthews added 26 points and six rebounds for the Trail Blazers, who have lost
two of their last three.
Dallas held a 30-point lead 3 1/2 minutes into the second quarter, and
eventually took a 57-38 advantage into the halftime break, but Portland
dominated in the third quarter and trailed by one, 75-74, going into the final
Matthews' jumper less than a minute in gave the team its first lead of the
game, 78-76, and he later hit a 3 with Mo Williams following a jumper for an
Dallas later scored eight straight to take the lead back, but a 9-2 run by the
Blazers gave the team a 98-92 advantage with 4 1/2 minutes to play.
That was the last points the team scored, though, as Harris hit a shot, and
Vince Carter followed with a layup before Ellis tied the game with 1:44 to
play on a basket.
Following several misses, Harris was fouled as he drove the lane, with the
ball dropping and hitting the subsequent free throw with 24.2 seconds left.
Aldridge's bad pass then saw Ellis fouled with 17.4 to play and he missed both
free throws, but Carter grabbed the offensive board and hit his two from the
line with 16.8 seconds left.
Damian Lillard then lost the ball and Dallas ran off the rest of the clock.
Portland went just 4-for-19 in the first quarter, as Dallas shot 55 percent
and built a 33-10 lead after 12 minutes of play.
Portland continues its five-game road trip in Houston on Sunday ... Dallas
hosts Indiana on Sunday ... Portland shot 45.8 percent and held a 49-38 edge
on the glass, while Dallas shot 46.8 percent ... Carter finished with nine
points and four rebounds.
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