Game 41 Recap: Mavs vs Trail Blazers

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On Sunday, the Dallas Mavericks played the Portland Trail Blazers in the season series finale. The Mavericks are still looking for their first win against the Trail Blazers as they are 0-2 on the season against them and are looking to avoid being swept. The Mavericks come to play by losing two of their last three games and are looking to snap out of their “mini funk” with a win in this matchup.

On Friday, the Dallas Mavericks played the Portland Trail Blazers in the first of a two game series. The Mavericks started this game being extremely shorthanded as they were without multiple key players. This game featured absolutely no defense as it was a shooting clinic as the Trail Blazers led 64-60 at halftime. Things would get tight as the Mavericks led by eight points in the fourth quarter before the Trail Blazers cut the Mavericks’ lead to 110-109 with 4:26 left. The Trail Blazers would go on a 9-0 run before Luka Doncic nailed a floating jump shot to make it 115-112 with 2:36 left. The Mavericks had the chance to pull away with a victory but couldn’t do it as CJ McCollum drilled a 3-pointer to ultimately seal the deal for the Trail Blazers. The Trail Blazers finished the final minutes strong as they were able to beat the Mavericks 125-119. Luka Doncic had one of the best performances of the season as he finished with 38 points, 9 rebounds and 9 assists but couldn’t get help from Kristaps Porzingis as he struggled massively by scoring just 11 points. With the loss, the Mavericks record dropped to 21-19 on the season, as they now within 4 1/2 games from the fourth seed in the western conference. However, the Mavericks now have a big opportunity to climb further up the standings as the Lakers learned that they would be without LeBron James for a significant amount of time as he sustained a high-ankle sprain that would sideline him for multiple weeks.

The Trail Blazers are coming into this game by going 7-3 in their last 10 games. They are recently coming off a 125-119 win against the Dallas Mavericks on Friday to see their record improve to 25-16 on the season. The Trail Blazers clinched the season series against the Mavericks that could play a pivotal role in the standings. If the Mavericks and Trail Blazers end up with the same record at the end of the season, then the tiebreaker would belong to the Trail Blazers due to clinching the season series against the Mavericks. The Trail Blazers are currently sixth in the western conference and have their eyes on a top seed, especially with the Los Angeles Lakers potentially dropping lower in the standings as they have major injuries surrounding their team. This team is led by the always dangerous Damian Lillard as they look to secure a top seed in time for the playoffs. If they can play the way they’ve been playing then lookout as this would be one of the teams that you don’t want to play in the first round.

Coming into this game, the Mavericks lost their last meeting with the Trail Blazers 125-119. The Mavericks previously tied their regular season series last season 2-2 against the Trail Blazers. The Mavericks are currently 0-2 against the Trail blazers this season. Overall, the Trail Blazers hold the all-time series with a record of 88-75.

The Mavericks started this game by having Willie Cauley-Stein, James Johnson and Tyrell Terry remain out but have Dorian Finney-Smith back from the birth of his son. As a result, the Mavericks went with Doncic, Richardson, Kleber, Finney-Smith and Porzingis as their starting five in this game. The first points in the game would belong to Luka Doncic as he nailed a pair of free-throws for the Mavericks to get this game underway. The Trail Blazers wouldn’t get their first points until the 11:08 mark as CJ McCollum drilled a jump shot to tie the game at 2-2. The Trail Blazers would have their first lead of the game as CJ McCollum nailed a driving layup with 10:43 left in the quarter to take a 4-2 lead. The Mavericks would make it a one point game on a Luka Doncic driving layup with 9:05 left in the quarter to come within 8-7 of the Trail Blazers. The Trail Blazers would go on a roll as they were able to extend their lead to seven points after Damian Lillard drove to the basket for two points, that would force Rick Carlisle to call a timeout with 7:00 minutes left in the quarter. Prior to this timeout, the Trail Blazers were red hot on offense as they made eight of their first ten attempts taken thus far to take a 16-9 lead. The Mavericks couldn’t get anything going on offense as their shots weren’t going in as they started the quarter by only making three of their first nine attempts taken thus far. Coming out of the timeout, the Mavericks turned to Dorian Finney-Smith but couldn’t convert as he was blocked by Derrick Jones Jr with 6:36 left in the quarter as the score remained 16-9. The Mavericks were able to come within five points after Jalen Brunson nailed a driving layup to come within 19-14 with 5:43 left in the quarter. The Mavericks would come all the way back to make it a one point game after Luka Doncic drilled his classic “step-back” for a three pointer to come within 23-22 of the Trail Blazers with 3:07 left in the quarter. In the final minutes of the quarter, the Trail Blazers were able to hold onto their lead and took a 30-27 lead into the second quarter. The game leading scorer after one quarter of play would belong to Luka Doncic as he scored 12 points for the Mavericks. The Trail Blazers were led by Damian Lillard as he scored 11 points. There was much better effort on defense compared to the previous matchup in this quarter. The Mavericks ended the quarter by shooting the ball 45.5% on 10-of-22 shooting from the field. The Mavericks were getting out-scored in the paint as the Trail Blazers out-scored them 18-10 in the quarter.

The second quarter would begin by having Carmelo Anthony nailed a pair of free-throws for the Trail Blazers to get this quarter underway. The Mavericks wouldn’t get their first points until the 11:19 mark as Luka Doncic nailed an easy shot to come within 32-29 of the Trail Blazers. Luka Doncic would continue his perfect shooting from behind the arc as he drilled another three pointer with 10:18 left in the quarter to come within 35-32 of the Trail Blazers. The Mavericks took advantage of the Trail Blazers cold shooting by taking a one point lead after Luka Doncic drilled a jump shot to take a 38-37 with 8:53 left in the quarter. The Trail Blazers would call a timeout with 8:24 left in the quarter after the Mavericks started to heat up on offense by taking a 40-39 lead. Prior to this timeout, the Mavericks made six of their first eight attempts taken thus far as that helped build a lead. The Trail Blazers had trouble finding the bottom of the hoop as the only made three of their first seven attempts taken thus far. Coming out of the timeout, the Trail Blazers turned to CJ McCollum as he was able to convert on a jump shot to take a 41-40 lead with 8:08 left in the quarter. Both teams would soon share time with the lead by exchanging baskets for multiple minutes until the Mavericks took a four point lead on a Dorian Finney-Smith put back shot with 4:57 left in the quarter to take a 48-44 lead. Carmelo Anthony would end both the scoring drought for the Trail Blazers and the Mavericks’ 9-0 run after he made a driving layup to come within 51-46 of the Mavericks with 4:22 left in the quarter. Rick Carlisle would call a timeout with 3:41 left in the quarter while maintaining a 51-46 lead after he saw the Trail Blazers getting back in rhythm. Prior to this timeout, the Mavericks were on a 9-2 run that was beneficial on building their lead. Coming out of the timeout, the Mavericks turned to Luka Doncic as he did a spin move for a layup to extend their lead to 53-46 with 3:28 left in the quarter. In the final minutes of the quarter, the Mavericks were able to hold onto their lead and took a 65-54 lead into halftime. The game leading scorer after two quarters of play would belong to Luka Doncic as he scored 24 points for the Mavericks. The Trail Blazers were led by Damian Lillard as he scored 15 points. This was a much better quarter for the Mavericks as they were able to get their offense in rhythm by ending the quarter making eight of their last ten shots. The Mavericks finished the first half by shooting 54.5% on 24-of-44 shooting from the field. The Trail Blazers ended the first half shooting 47.7% on 21-of-44 shooting from the field. If the Mavericks could keep this up in the second half then they would be rewarded with a victory as it started to look like this was the Mavericks game to lose.

Coming out of the half, the Mavericks were able to get on the board first in the third quarter by having Maxi Kleber nail a three pointer for his first points of the game to make it 68-54. Rick Carlisle would call a timeout with 8:47 left in the quarter as he saw the Mavericks go on a 11-0 run to begin the quarter. Prior to this timeout, the Mavericks began the quarter by making four of their first seven attempts taken. The Trail Blazers struggled to begin the quarter as they missed all of their first four attempts taken as they still seek their first points in the quarter. Coming out of the timeout, the Mavericks turned to Josh Richardson as he was able to convert on a jump shot to extend their lead to 78-54 with 8:17 left in the quarter. UNBELIEVABLE! Luka Doncic was feeling it from behind the arc as he drilled another three pointer to remain perfect in the game (thus far) to extend their lead to 81-54 with 7:14 left in the quarter. CJ McCollum was able to finally score the first points for the Trail Blazers as he finished the “three point play” by drilling the “AND ONE” free-throw with 6:23 left in the quarter to come within 84-57 of the Mavericks. The Mavericks would catch fire from behind the arc as Dorian Finney-Smith drilled a three pointer to take a 88-60 lead with 5:07 left in the quarter. LUKA DONCIC DID IT AGAIN as he drilled another three pointer to REMAIN PERFECT in the game (thus far) to extend their lead to 91-62 with 4:41 left in the quarter. Luka Doncic would tie his career-high of eight three pointers made and there was still another quarter to be played. Damian Lillard would nail a difficult layup for the Trail Blazers to come within 96-66 of the Mavericks with 3:09 left in the quarter. Rick Carlisle would call a timeout with 2:31 left in the quarter as he saw the Mavericks holding a 98-66 lead. The Mavericks exploded and put on a shooting clinic as they made eleven of their fifteen attempts taken thus far. The Trail Blazers completely fell apart in this quarter as they only made five of their sixteen attempts taken thus far. Coming out of the timeout, the Mavericks turned to Luka Doncic but he couldn’t convert as he would miss his first three pointer as the score remained at 98-66 with 2:20 left in the quarter. In the final minutes of the quarter, the Mavericks were able to hold onto their massive lead and took a 103-69 lead into the fourth quarter. The game leading scorer after three quarters of play would belong to Luka Doncic as he scored 37 points for the Mavericks. The Trail Blazers were led by Damian Lillard as he scored 19 points. The Mavericks wanted to put this game away early as they exploded for 38 points in the quarter. The Mavericks through three quarters of play, were shooting 57.8% on 37-of-64 shooting from the field. The Trail Blazers were ice cold as they only made 6 shots in the quarter and are shooting 40.9% on 27-of-66 shooting through three quarters of play. This was all Mavericks as all they needed to do was to not blow this humongous lead.

The fourth quarter would begin by having Tim Hardaway nailed a pair of free-throws for the Mavericks to get this quarter underway. The Trail Blazers weren’t able to get their points until the 10:57 mark by having Nassir Little finish the “three point play” by nailing the “AND ONE” free-throw to come within 107-71 of the Mavericks. Josh Richardson would find Dwight Powell for an alley-oop to extend their lead to 111-76 with 10:01 left in the quarter as the Mavericks remained in complete control of this game. Both teams would put in their second rotation players to give them more playing time as this game was getting out of hand and there was no point for the Trail Blazers to keep Damian Lillard in the game. The Mavericks were having so much fun scoring as Nate Hinton found Wes Iwundu for an easy slam dunk and was fouled with 8:29 left in the game. Wes Iwundu would nail the “AND ONE” free-throw to finish off the “three point play” to extend their lead to 119-76. Both teams simply wanted to get this game over with as there appeared to be a “clear” winner in this game with the Mavericks holding a 121-80 lead. Both teams just wanted to see the clock hit “0:00” as they wanted to leave this game without having one of their players sustain a major injury.

This team looked like they wanted the Trail Blazers to stay in this game by leading 65-54 at halftime. Once the second half began, that’s when the Mavericks wanted to put on a shooting clinic as the offense exploded for 38 points in the third quarter. The Mavericks were having fun in the second half as their offense was clicking on all cylinders. This was the type of performance Mavericks fans were waiting to see from the offense and it finally happened in this game.

In the end, it was the Dallas Mavericks defeating the Portland Trail Blazers 132-92 in a blowout. The Mavericks record would improve to 22-19 on the season. Luka Doncic exploded in this game as he finished the game with 37 points on 8-of-9 shooting from behind the arc in the blowout win. Josh Richardson also performed well as he scored 21 points on 8-of-11 shooting from the field. The Trail Blazers were led by Damian Lillard as he finished with 19 points. The Mavericks were able to hit 19 three pointers in the game as their offense took off. With the win, the Mavericks avoided being swept by the Trail Blazers as they secured their first win against them in the season series finale. The Mavericks survived this difficult stretch on their second half schedule by going 3-2.

The Mavericks will get some rest before traveling to Minnesota to meet with the Minnesota Timberwolves on Wednesday.

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