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Wesley Matthews And The Mavericks Both Come Back To Beat The Blazers

In his first return to the Moda Center, Wesley Matthews took a back seat to two NBA veterans, who paced the Mavericks to yet another comeback victory over the Blazers, this one 115-112 in overtime.

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The Blazers were led by Damian Lillard, who fought through the stomach flu for 25 points and 10 assists. Meyers Leonard (23 points, 7 rebounds), Allen Crabbe (18 points) and Gerald Henderson (20 points) all had big nights off the bench. \CJ McCollum (11 points) struggled with a 4-21 shooting night. And Ed Davis finished with a double-double, 10 points and 11 rebounds.

Former Blazer Wesley Matthews scored 16 points on 3-6 three-point shooting, but the Mavericks were led by big nights from Dirk Nowitzki (28 points, 7 rebounds, 6 assists) and Deron Williams (30 points, 8 assists, 6 rebounds).

It didn't take long for Matthews to make his presence known, scoring 7 points in a first quarter where the Blazers could only manage 18 in total. The Mavericks' 9 point lead didn't last long though, as Meyers Leonard and Gerald Henderson took over, shooting the Blazers back into a two-point lead at halftime. From there, the teams battled back and forth. No team managed more than a 5-point lead in the third quarter, as Dirk Nowitzki fueled the Mavs's engine, giving them a 1 point lead after three quarters. The Blazers' shooting came alive early in the fourth, pushing into a 12 point lead. But two consecutive three-pointers from Matthews cut it in half, and the Mavs slowly chipped away, tying the score with under a minute left. Lillard had a last second heave to win the game over former Blazer Raymond Felton, but the 30-footer wasn't close.

In overtime, the Blazers were simply outmatched by the veteran Mavs, who took a two-possession lead nearly immediately and never gave it back.

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What's Next

The Blazers have another day off at home, then pick things up Thursday night against the Indiana Pacers. Stay tuned tonight, Dave Deckard will have more coverage of today's game later.