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Blazers vs. Mavericks Final Score: 108-87; Portland Second Half Dominates Dallas

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Portland rallied in the second half to crush the Dallas Mavericks at home Thursday night.

LaMarcus Aldridge shoots over Dirk Nowitzki Thursday night in Portland
LaMarcus Aldridge shoots over Dirk Nowitzki Thursday night in Portland
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Thursday night was a tale of two halves, and Portland used the second to blow Dallas completely out of the building.

LaMarcus Aldridge had 20, Damian Lillard had 18 (14 in the second half), and Chris Kaman had 12 off the bench as the Blazers torched the Mavericks 108-87.

The first quarter was an early battle between Aldridge and Monta Ellis, with Aldridge winning the initial skirmish.  He had 10 in the first on 5-of-6 shooting while Ellis had 8 on 4-of-6.  The Mavericks bench evened the playing field, and Dallas took a 24-20 lead after one.

Portland's bench went to work in the second, with CJ McCollum and Chris Kaman combining for 10 points, but Portland starters shot 3-of-12 in the period.  The Blazers suffered from ball control issues as well, with five turnovers in the quarter.  On defense, the Blazers were unable to contain Dirk Nowitzki, who scored 12 in the quarter, and the Mavericks held onto their four point advantage going into halftime.

Portland has been a strong team coming out of the break this season, and Dallas has not.  This trend continued in spades as Portland dominated the third quarter.  Wesley Matthews had 10, the bench contributed 7, and the Blazers kept every Maverick not named Chandler Parsons in check as they set a season-high with 35 points in the quarter to take a 81-68 lead.

The fourth was all Portland as they kicked off the quarter with a 17-5 run and never looked back.  Damian Lillard had 10 to seal the victory early in the period.

CJ McCollum had 13 off the bench in a strong outing after not playing at all versus Cleveland.

Box Score

Stay tuned for Dave Deckard's game analysis, arriving late tonight.

Gameday Thread Comments of the Night

Chandler Parsons hates it here. I’m glad.
by Tyler Durrden

Freeland, TRob, and Meyers in the backcourt. Hopefully we get to see that a lot this year. Means the game is way out of hand.
by eloi

CJ plays garbage time like it's overtime. Love his attitude.
by adapt

Post-Game Reaction

Note: There was a medical incident in the fourth quarter of tonight's game, as a female fan collapsed in the 100 level. The paramedics reportedly arrived quickly and performed CPR on the court. The game stopped for this stretch, and she was wheeled off the court toward the locker room area. Many of the post-game thoughts were about the unknown status of the fan in question.

VIDEO: Damian Lillard steals a pass and breaks out for a fast break dunk.

VIDEO: Chris Kaman catches the nifty pass from Steve Blake and finishes the play off with a two-handed dunk.

VIDEO: LaMarcus Aldridge beats the halftime buzzer with a one-handed tip.

VIDEO: Damian Lillard speaks with TNT's Rachel Nichols following the game.

VIDEO: Coach Terry StottsLaMarcus Aldridge, and Chris Kaman speak with the media after tonight's game.