NBA: Lillard leads Blazers past reeling Mavs

Reuters

Posted at Mar 21 2019 12:51 PM

Dallas Mavericks guard Jalen Brunson (13) dribbles the ball past Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard (0) in the first half at Moda Center. Jaime Valdez-USA TODAY Sports/Reuters

Damian Lillard scored 33 points and handed out 12 assists as the Portland Trail Blazers knocked off the visiting Dallas Mavericks, 126-118, Wednesday night.

Six players scored in double figures for the Trail Blazers, including Seth Curry with 20 off the bench. It was the fifth win in six games for Portland.

Luka Doncic scored 24 points and Justin Jackson contributed 21 for the Mavericks, who have lost 14 of their last 16 outings.

Lillard had 16 points and nine assists as Portland seized a 65-52 lead at intermission. Jackson scored 12 points and Doncic 10 for Dallas in the first half.

The Mavericks trimmed it to 67-59 early in the third quarter. The Blazers then stoked the lead up to 89-69 with 4:24 to play in the third. Dallas cut the deficit to 97-83 with 75 seconds left in the quarter, but Portland carried a 101-83 lead into the final period.

The difference was 115-90 with nine minutes to go. Dallas closed the gap to 124-115 on a Jackson layup with 1:21 to play. Jackson's put-back then brought the Mavericks to within 124-117 with 47 seconds remaining.

But Anfernee Simons hit a pair of free throws to give Portland a 126-117 lead with 40.5 ticks left and ensure the win.

Portland went on a 13-0 run to jump ahead 22-10 as Dallas started the game 4-for-16 from the field. The Blazers took a 26-17 lead into the second quarter.

Dallas used a 22-12 spurt to open the second and take a 39-38 advantage midway through the quarter before Portland again took control before the half.

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