Lillard, Blazers top Mavs 121-118 as Doncic heats up again

DALLAS (AP) — Damian Lillard hit a tiebreaking 3-pointer for Portland within the ultimate minute after an enormous Dallas rally, and the Trail Blazers overcame one other high-scoring outing from Luka Doncic in a 121-118 victory over the Mavericks on Sunday night time.

The younger Dallas sensation scored 44 factors two nights after getting a career-high 46 in a victory over New Orleans, nevertheless it wasn’t sufficient to increase the Mavericks’ four-game successful streak, tied for his or her longest this season.

Lillard completed with 34 factors and 11 assists. He related on the go-ahead 3 after Doncic assisted on a tying 3-pointer from Dorian Finney-Smith after the Mavericks trailed by 13 halfway by means of the fourth quarter.

The Mavericks had been down three again when Doncic missed a possible tying shot from past the arc with lower than 5 seconds left. Doncic was 14 of 20 from the sector, together with 5 of 8 from deep, and 11 of 12 from the road. He additionally had 9 assists and 7 rebounds.

Doncic set a pair of franchise file together with his 14th consecutive recreation of not less than 25 factors and the best two-game whole at 90 factors.

The Trail Blazers gained their fourth consecutive recreation with assist from a 45-point third quarter, matching the franchise file for that interval whereas outscoring Dallas by 15 to wipe out a seven-point deficit early within the interval.

The Mavericks received shut late with a 12-0 run that Lillard ended with a layup earlier than Finney-Smith’s tying shot.

Lillard wasn’t practically as dazzling as his earlier meeting with Dallas, when he tied a career excessive with 61 factors within the Florida bubble final summer season.

Instead, the NBA’s fourth-leading scorer shook off some early frustration over non-calls on a number of drives by scoring 16 factors with 5 assists within the third quarter after getting referred to as for a technical foul late within the first half.

Kristaps Porzingis scored 18 factors, half of the season excessive for Doncic’s European sidekick in a 143-130 win over New Orleans two nights earlier.


Trail Blazers: Rodney Hood didn’t play due to a left foot sprain. Coach Terry Stotts didn’t rule out a return in opposition to Oklahoma City on Tuesday. … Carmelo Anthony scored 15 factors regardless of going 1 of 8 from 3-point vary. Robert Covington additionally had 15 whereas making all 4 of his 3-point makes an attempt.

Mavericks: Doncic shared the earlier membership file of 13 straight video games with not less than 25 factors with Mark Aguirre (1983-84) and Dirk Nowitzki (2005-06). … Finney-Smith scored 14 factors.


Trail Blazers: The second recreation of a three-game journey is Tuesday in opposition to the Thunder, who’ve three consecutive victories within the sequence after successful the primary meeting this season final month in Portland.

Mavericks: Detroit visits Wednesday in the one scheduled meeting between the groups to this point. The Mavericks and Pistons met simply as soon as through the coronavirus-interrupted season, with Dallas successful in Mexico City behind 41 factors from Doncic.


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