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Trail Blazers Hustle Hard Over Mavericks

03/16/11
  1. Written by: ShalamarClark  / avg. rating: 5.0

    When LaMarcus Aldridge and Brandon Roy combine for a season-high 51 points, it spells disaster for the opposing team.

    That's exactly what happened Tuesday night as Aldridge scored a game-high 30 points and eight rebounds, and Roy tallied 17 of his 21 points in the second half to lift the Trail Blazers (38-29) over the Dallas Mavericks, 104-101, at the Rose Garden.

    Aldridge, who has averaged 31.5 points in two meetings against the Mavericks (47-20), came one point shy from hitting that mark after sinking 13-of-25 from the floor.

    Roy, who helped the Trail Blazers shoot 47.1 percent, came alive late in the third quarter. He scored seven of Portland's last nine points in the period and opened the fourth with two more buckets for an 86-60 advantage.

    "That's the best I've seen him this year," said Trail Blazer Head Coach Nate McMillan of Roy, who converted two free throws after Jason Terry hit a three to bring Dallas within one."He's feeling good with the minutes that he's been getting and we need to keep him there."

    Roy, who played 27 minutes off the bench, gave Portland a five-point lead after hitting a pull-up jumper with 47.8 seconds left.

    Wesley Matthews, who ended with 18 points and sank four 3-pointers, picked Dirk Nowitzski from behind in the post that led to Roy's bucket. 

    Nowitzski led Dallas with 28 points and a game-high 11 rebounds. The Mavericks had four other players that ended in double-digit scoring–Shawn Marion (18), Rodrigue Beaubois (16), Terry (14) and Tyson Chandler (12).

    "I thought the story of the game was the possessions," said Dallas Head Coach Rick Carlisle of his team that shot 59.7 percent."[Portland] got 18 more shots up than we did because we struggled to finish off possessions."

    The Mavericks, who committed 15 turnovers that rendered 22 points, had a chance to send the came into overtime trailing by three with 8.8 seconds on the clock, but the Trail Blazers defense wouldn't allow it.

    Portland deflected the inbounds pass to Jason Kidd, who ended with a game-high 14 assists, but Dallas recovered. Terry found Nowitzski in the corner for the long three, but missed after pump faking Gerald Wallace that snapped the Trail Blazers' two-game skid and gave Portland its first victory in the series 2-1.  

    "We went with a lineup that we haven't used all season long," said McMillan of the new starting lineup."We talked about the change in the lineup–Camby, in situations like that, you can have teams that dropped their heads and make excuses, I thought he played a good game for us."

    Wallace made his first start for Portland that moved Aldridge to the center position and had Marcus Camby, who finished with eight rebounds and two points, coming off the bench. 

    Wallace had eight points and five rebounds and helped the Trail Blazers to a 15-6 edge on the offensive glass.

    "I was really impressed with our guys just staying together," said McMillan."I thought the did that tonight and found a way to get this win."

    The Trail Blazers held the advantage in points in the paint, 48-36, and second-chance points 18-4. They took care of the rock for a season-low seven turnovers. 

    Portland was trying all first quarter to figure how make Dallas miss in the first quarter after the Mavericks shot 11-for-11 in the first eight minutes.

    Matthews connected on three 3-pointers in the first and Aldridge worked inside for nine points. Nowitzski and Marion both ended with 10 points a piece for the 32-29 lead.

    A 3-pointer from Rudy Fernandez, who had 12 points off the bench, stopped Dallas' 5-0 run to open the second quarter. 

    Nowitzski left the game with what looked to be a shoulder injury midway through the period after going up for a rebound. He returned to close out the quarter.

    Matthews helped his team to a 9-2 run and a 45-43 lead after connecting on a 3-pointer. Aldridge scored eight points for 17 halftime points, while Matthews had 14 to be behind 56-53.

    "It was huge especially coming off those two back-to-back losses," said Matthews of the win."We came back home, got it together against a tough, tough opponent."

    The Trail Blazers will be back in the Rose Garden on Thursday when they host the Cleveland Cavaliers. Tipoff is scheduled for 7 PM.

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