Dallas (30-10) at Portland (14-24)

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  • Game info: 9:00 pm EST Sun Jan 22, 2006
  • TV: FSNW
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The Dallas Mavericks have figured out how to get the most out of Erick Dampier and Jerry Stackhouse: Bring them off the bench.

The Mavericks will look for the two reserves to deliver another strong performance when Dallas tries to defeat the Portland Trail Blazers for the seventh straight time.

Dampier and Stackhouse combined to score 27 points and Dallas won its fourth in a row Friday, 101-81 over the Los Angeles Clippers.

“I like playing with Damp,” said Stackhouse, who finished with 14 points. “People make a lot about him being out of the starting lineup and coming off the bench, but I think he feels comfortable playing with me because he gets a few more shots maybe than he gets in the starting lineup. So it’s been working out well. Hopefully we can continue to get better.”

Dampier, who finished with 13 points and 12 rebounds, came off the bench for the fourth straight game after starting the first 36 games. The center is shooting 69.2 percent and has averaged 8.3 rebounds, 6.3 points and 2.0 blocks as a reserve.

As a starter, Dampier averaged 5.6 points and shot 51.3 percent from the field. His 13 points against the Clippers marked the first time in 29 games he has scored in double figures.

Stackhouse, who missed the first 26 games with a sore right knee, has only logged reserve minutes in his 14 contests.

“Those are two guys who obviously can be starting,” Dallas coach Avery Johnson said. “Damp’s been a starter and Stack’s been a starter, so hopefully, we can get those guys matched up on some of the other team’s second-team players. We like to go to Damp, and we went to him tonight—and he delivered. He’s been playing really hard.”

Dampier and Stackhouse combined for 19 points in the first half Friday to help Dallas to a 63-39 lead at the break, the Mavericks’ largest point differential at halftime this season and the third time they led by at least 20 after two quarters.

Dirk Nowitzki had 26 points and 11 rebounds for Dallas, which has defeated its last four opponents by an average of 24.8 points.

The Mavericks extended their win streak over Portland earlier this month with a 95-81 victory. Nowitzki, Jason Terry and Josh Howard each reached the 20-point mark for Dallas, which hasn’t lost to the Blazers since falling 97-88 at the Rose Garden on Dec. 23, 2003.

Zach Randolph scored 22 points to help the Trail Blazers hold on for a 96-94 victory over Toronto on Wednesday night, giving them four straight wins for the first time since the 2003-04 season.

Viktor Khryapa had 18 points and 12 rebounds for Portland, which blew a 17-point fourth-quarter lead and needed two free throws from Juan Dixon to seal the win.

“When (the Raptors) got hot, I thought we tightened up a bit,” Blazers coach Nate McMillan said. “Finishing games in the fourth quarter is something we’ve got to learn. It is part of a growing process for a young team.”

Dixon finished with 15 points and six assists while reserve Travis Outlaw added 13 points for the Blazers, who are 7-6 in the last 13 games after a 2-11 stretch.

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