LaMarcus Aldridge scores 30 as Trail Blazers defeat Mavericks

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LaMarcus Aldridge scored 30 points and added 12 rebounds to help the Portland Trail Blazers take down the Dallas Mavericks, 127-111. The Trail Blazers shot 46-90 (51.1%) from the field and controlled the offensive glass with 14 rebounds. Portland (31-9) is now on a five-game winning streak.

Aldridge went 11-18 and went 8-9 from the free throw line, in an efficient offensive performance. Other key performers for Portland were Nicolas Batum with 21 points and 7 rebounds, Robin Lopez with 16 points and 12 rebounds, and Damian Lillard with 14 points and 10 assists. Despite the loss, Dirk Nowitzki put up 18 points for Dallas on 6-17 shooting (1-5 on 3-point attempts), in addition to going 5-5 from the free throw line.

In a matchup of first-rate offenses, the unit of Portland (ranked first in the NBA in offensive efficiency) came out on top, scoring 1.21 points per possession. The Trail Blazers combined hot shooting (eFG% of 56.1%) with high-quality work on the offensive backboards (OR% of 35.0%). They are undefeated (5-0) on the season when exceeding 55% and 30%, respectively, in those metrics. The Mavericks, however, are winless (0-4) when giving up those numbers to their opponents.

This drops Dallas (24-18) to 1-1 against Portland on the year.

Coming up next, the Trail Blazers take on the Houston Rockets, who are 27-15 on the year. The Mavericks match up with the Cleveland Cavaliers, currently 15-25 this season. The Trail Blazers have a 1-1 record against Houston this season.

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