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Dirk Nowitzki scores 28, Mavericks steal one from Trail Blazers

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The Dallas Mavericks were on fire in this one, going 46-87 (52.9%) from the field, including 8-16 (50.0%) from three-point range, to pull out the close victory against the Portland Trail Blazers, 108-106. Dallas (13-8) is now on a three-game winning streak.

Dirk Nowitzki had another quality performance, putting up 28 points on 12-22 shooting, including 3-4 on 3-point attempts. Other key performers for Dallas were Jose Calderon with 15 points and 7 assists, and DeJuan Blair with 15 points and 8 rebounds. Damian Lillard had another big game for Portland in the loss, putting up 32 points on 9-18 shooting (5-9 on 3-point attempts), in addition to going 9-9 from the free throw line. Nicolas Batum chipped in 22 points and 6 assists, LaMarcus Aldridge finished with 19 points and 13 rebounds, and Robin Lopez put up 14 points and 14 rebounds.

In a battle of top offenses, the unit of Dallas (ranked fifth in the NBA in offensive efficiency) emerged victorious, scoring 1.11 points per possession. Along with their eFG% of 57.5%, the Mavericks connected at a rate of 50.0% from 3-point range. On the season, they are 5-1 when they record marks above 55% and 40% in those respective categories. Conversely, the Trail Blazers are winless (0-2) when allowing their opponents to reach those percentages.

This defeat means an end to a four-game winning streak for Portland, pushing their record to 17-4 for the year.

Coming up next, the Mavericks battle the Sacramento Kings, who are 5-13 on the year. The Trail Blazers match up with the Utah Jazz, currently 4-18 this season. The Trail Blazers are 1-0 versus Utah this season.


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