Trail Blazers 97, Mavericks 88

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PORTLAND, Ore. (AP)—The Portland Trail Blazers play just well enough to beat the sloppy Dallas Mavericks.

Zach Randolph had 27 points and nine rebounds to lead Portland to a 97-88 victory Tuesday night.

“We kept our poise tonight and played the whole game—48 minutes,” Randolph said. “That’s what we’ve got to do every night.”

Antawn Jamison had 12 of his 20 points in the fourth quarter to lead the Mavericks, who have lost four straight and dropped to 15-12.

Jeff McInnis had 14 points and 10 assists, and Damon Stoudamire added 16 points for the Blazers, who snapped a two-game losing streak.

The Blazers shot 52.6 percent from the field—their best shooting game of the season. They also helped out on defense reasonably well, and kept things together late when Jamison and Dallas nearly came back.

Antoine Walker had 19 points for the Mavericks, and rookie Josh Howard had 12 coming.

The game was a matchup of two of the NBA’s worst defensive teams. Dallas had allowed 111.7 points during its last three loses. Portland is last in the league in opponent shooting percentage at .476.

The Mavericks, the top scoring team, couldn’t score and couldn’t stop the Blazers from scoring. Dallas leading scorer Dirk Nowitzki (19.8), playing on sore ankles, had just six points, and guard Steve Nash (14.8) had just four. Dallas shot just 42.9 percent from the field, and its reserves outscored starters 45-43.

“When things are going poor for you, it bites you in the behind,” Mavericks coach Don Nelson said. “Stuff like offensive rebounds off of free throws. We just aren’t playing well enough to win lately.”

Ruben Patterson had 12 points and six rebounds for Portland.

Rasheed Wallace had a dunk at 5:49 in the fourth quarter to put the Blazers up 87-80. McInnis scored to give the Blazers a 95-86 lead at 2:24. After Nowitzki missed two open jumpers—he was 3-of-12 shooting—Randolph hit a 22-footer to clinch it.

“We came out and knew we needed this game bad,” Patterson said. “We thought we let the last two games get away from us.”

Wesley Person made it 34-30 Blazers at 8:51 in the second quarter, slicing the basket for a layup and then nailing a 22-footer.

Stoudamire fed Randolph for a slam a 2:24 that gave Portland a double-digit lead at 48-38. Portland shot 56.8 percent (21-of-37) in the first half and led 54-47 at halftime.

Stoudamire cut to the hoop for a layup at the 10-minute mark of the third quarter that made it 62-50.

Portland led 74-58, but the Mavericks went on a 9-0 run to get back in it.

Notes

Portland reserve center Ruben Boumtje Boumtje sat out with a sprained left ankle. … The Mavericks won 105-98 when the teams played Nov. 20 in Dallas. … Mavericks guard Michael Finley came back after missing five games with a sprained big toe. He scored 12 points in 37 minutes. … It was the 20th time in 26 games that Randolph has scored 20 points or more. He is averaging27.2 points in the last 13 games.

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Top Performers

 Top Performers
 Dallas
A. Walker A. Walker
7-19,  19 Pts
8 Rebs, 6 Assists
 Portland
Z. Randolph Z. Randolph
12-17,  27 Pts
9 Rebs, 5 Assists

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