Mavericks get their revenge
DALLAS The Trail Blazers couldn't sustain their good start Wednesday, and the Dallas Mavericks avenged last week's road loss to Portland with a 105-99 victory at American Airlines Center.
The Blazers led most of the way in the rematch, but the Mavs took the lead for good with 8:43 remaining.
Some of the numbers were pretty for a while for Portland, while others never really were.
The Blazers cut down on their turnovers from 28 in Monday's 100-98 victory at Minnesota to six versus the Mavericks.
But Dallas' reserves outscored Portland's 38-9.
The Blazers made 8 of their first 11 shots from 3-point range.
But Portland went 2 of 19 from beyond the arc after that/
The Blazers scored 61 points in the first half.
But Portland had just 38 after intermission.
It all added up to the 500th career win for Dallas coach Rick Carlisle, a former Blazers assistant. Carlisle is 500-353 since he began his head coaching career with Detroit in 2001. He is the 28th coach in NBA history to reach the 500-win mark.
The loss put Portland at 1-1 on its six-game trip, which continues with a Friday night game at Houston.
The Blazers slipped to 25-24, still good for ninth place in the Western Conference, one game behind the Rockets.
Dallas, 21-28, is 11th in the West.
Portland was trailing 97-94 when Wesley Matthews missed a 3 with 51 seconds left that would have tied the score.
Mavs sub Vince Carter hit a 22-footer with 26.9 seconds to go, and Portland sealed its doom with a turnover on its next possession.
Carter finished with 17 points.
O.J. Mayo of the Mavericks led all scorers with 28 points. Dirk Nowitzki had 16, including two on the jumper that gave Dallas the lead for good at 84-83 with 8:43 remaining. Shawn Marion added 13 points and 10 rebounds for the Mavs.
LaMarcus Aldridge matched Marion's 10 rebounds and led Portland in scoring, as well, with 27 points.
Nicolas Batum struggled with his sore right wrist again, finishing with nine points, six rebounds and a game-high six assists.
The Blazers, who equalled Dallas' 34 points in the paint, led by as many as 12 points before falling to 8-16 on the road.
Dallas improved to 13-9 at home.