Dallas slipped to 2-4 on the road with Saturday’s 108-101 overtime setback in Memphis. More disturbing was an ugly cut over the left eye of star forward Dirk Nowitzki, who scored 19 points but was rendered virtually useless in the fourth quarter due to the injury.
Nowitzki, who got eight stitches to close the cut, was 0-of-4 from the floor with two rebounds after re-entering the game in the fourth quarter before fouling out with 37 seconds to play.
“He wasn’t the same when he came back into the game. He was dizzy,” Mavericks coach Don Nelson said of his top scorer. “We have to be careful and watch him.”
The Mavericks and Blazers staged an epic seven-game series in which Dallas squandered a 3-0 lead before pulling out a 107-95 triumph in the decisive game at American Airlines Center.
Dallas is 4-0 at home this season, posting double-digit victories in each of those wins. However, the Mavericks have lost three of their last four on the road.
The Blazers are still seeking their first road win after a 101-79 rout at New Orleans on Saturday. Rasheed Wallace and Bonzi Wells scored 19 points apiece for Portland, which slipped to 0-3 away from the Rose Garden.
“Our offense was very stagnant, very bad,” said Portland coach Maurice Cheeks. “We didn’t get any fast break baskets and our half-court offense wasn’t very good.”