Mavericks 105, Trail Blazers 99
O.J. Mayo was at the center of a play that cost Dallas a game in
Portland last week.
He made up for it Wednesday night against the Trail Blazers in a
yet another game the Mavericks really needed.
Mayo scored 28 points, Vince Carter hit a big jumper in the
final minute and the Mavericks beat the Blazers 105-99 for coach
Rick Carlisle’s 500th career victory.
Eight nights earlier, Mayo was called for a charge with 1.5
seconds left in a tie game, giving Portland a chance to win.
LaMarcus Aldridge hit a jumper at the buzzer, and it wasn’t much
consolation to the Mavericks when the NBA said the next day that
the call should have been a block and Mayo should have been
shooting free throws for the lead.
The loss started a 1-3 road trip with the Mavericks struggling
to get into playoff contention and keep alive a 12-year postseason
streak, meaning the rematch in Dallas was even more important.
”It’s an opportunity for us to gain ground in the standings
before the All-Star break,” Mayo said. ”It’s a game we needed to
win. We remember what happened last week in Portland.”
Mayo had 20 in the first half and was mostly quiet before
getting two important baskets with Portland trying to rally late in
the fourth quarter. Carter put Dallas ahead 99-94 with 26 seconds
left on a jumper just inside the 3-point line with the shot clock
Aldridge had 27 points and 10 rebounds for the Blazers, who had
just 38 points in the second half and fell to 1-1 on a six-game
”I think we definitely had a chance to win tonight,” Aldridge
said. ”I thought we had a tough stretch tonight when they had us
down by one and then we had turnover after turnover. We still have
to do better.”
With Aldridge watching in the fourth quarter, the Mavericks went
on a 10-2 run for a 93-86 lead and scored again when Aldridge
returned on a dunk by Mayo to go up nine before Aldridge helped
Portland get close.
Aldridge had a pair of baskets, and Damian Lillard hit two free
throws to pull Portland within 97-94. Wesley Matthews had a chance
to tie the score, but his 3-pointer rimmed out with 50 seconds
Carter, who finished with 17 points, hit his big shot on the
other end. He missed his first game of the season Monday night in
Oklahoma City because of illness, and the Mavericks weren’t
competitive without him.
”There’s a reason he’s such an important guy to us,” Carlisle
said. ”All year long, he’s been one of our facilitators. He came
up with a couple of big ones for us when the shot clock was
Matthews scored 21 points, while J.J. Hickson had 14 points and
10 rebounds for Portland. Lillard finished with 19 after scoring 15
in the first half.
Dirk Nowitzki had 16 points and eight rebounds for Dallas, with
Shawn Marion adding 13 points and 10 boards.
Portland coach Terry Stotts, who was an assistant under Carlisle
the previous four years, sneaked across the midcourt line to shake
hands with his old boss before the game ended, and Mayo said
players gave their coach a standing ovation in the locker room
after the game.
Carlisle is the 28th coach to 500 wins and is among five active
coaches with at least that many. The others are Denver’s George
Karl, Minnesota’s Rick Adelman, San Antonio’s Gregg Popovich and
Boston’s Doc Rivers. Carlisle’s career record is 500-353.
”It’s meaningful, but I’m not into that kind of stuff,”
Carlisle said. ”I’m into the day-to-day stuff.”
The Mavericks took their first lead on a 3-pointer by Nowitzki
early in the third quarter, starting an eight-minute stretch that
included six ties, four lead changes and neither team going ahead
by more than two.
Portland went back up by eight on a 10-0 run that included eight
from Aldridge, who had 14 of Portland’s 21 points in the third and
scored 10 straight carrying over into the fourth. The Mavericks
pulled back within two at 82-80 on a 3-pointer by Carter with 1.9
seconds left in the quarter.
Defense was mostly nonexistent in a first half that ended with
Portland leading 61-57.
Mayo’s 20 first-half points included a 3-pointer and three-point
play on a fast-break layup during a 12-0 run that tied the score at
43-all midway through the second quarter. Mayo was 8 of 9 from the
field in the first half.
Lillard and Matthews combined for seven 3-pointers in the first
15 minutes, the last coming from Lillard for a 43-31 Blazers lead
with 9:19 left in the first half. Lillard and Matthews were 7 of 11
combined from long range in the first half.
NOTES: Portland committed 28 turnovers in a win at Minnesota on
Monday night. It was the most in regulation in the NBA this season.
It was the first time the Blazers have won with that many turnovers
since committing 28 in a victory at Miami on Dec. 5, 1989. … The
Mavericks had 22 assists for their 16th straight game with at least
20, the longest active streak in the NBA. … Lillard scored the
Blazers’ last 12 points in the first quarter. … Mavericks C Chris
Kaman missed his fifth straight game with a concussion.