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Blazers vs. Mavericks Final Score: 94-75; Portland Handles Dallas, But Loses Matthews to Injury

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Portland rolled over the Dallas Mavericks at home, but lost Wesley Matthews to a foot injury.

Jaime Valdez-USA TODAY Sports

LaMarcus Aldridge had 17 points and 12 rebounds, Nicolas Batum had 15 points, 12 rebounds, and 6 assists, and the Portland Trail Blazers overcame yet another slow start to beat the Dallas Mavericks, 94-75 Thursday night at Moda Center, though they lost Wesley Matthews to a foot injury.

Aldridge started the game hot for the Blazers, hitting 5-of-7 for 11 points.  The rest of the team failed to follow suit, shooting just 3-of-15.  While the Mavericks were hardly the hottest team on the planet, they took an early six point lead as Portland did not score for the final four minutes of the period.

The shooting stayed ice cold into the second period, as Damian Lillard, Arron Afflalo, Nicolas Batum and Wesley Matthews combined to shoot 3-of-18 in the half,  but the Portland's defense clamped down on Dallas.  The Mavericks would score just 13 points in the quarter on 6-of-20 shooting.  Portland was in danger of scoring less than 40 points in the half, but a late scoring burst by Aldridge and Robin Lopez allowed the Blazers to take a four point lead into halftime.

The second half started in a scary way for the Blazers as Matthews awkwardly landed on his left foot while turning up court.  He went to the locker room in substantial pain and did not return.

Without their three-point ace, Portland needed someone to lift them up.  Lillard finally snapped his streak of regulation quarters without a field goal at six in the third quarter, and did it in a big way.  He was 3-of-5 for eight points, Batum went 3-of-4 for six points, and Portland ripped off an 18-7 run to seize a lead as large as sixteen.  The Blazers would lead by 14 after three.

Portland stayed hot in the fourth on the back of Alonzo Gee, who contributed with a pair of violent dunks.  Batum hit two threes, and Portland held off the road team for a fifth straight win.

Lillard finished with 14 points, 6 rebounds, and 5 assists.  Dorell Wright led the bench with eight.  Lopez had 13 points, 6 rebounds and 3 blocks.

BOX SCORE

Post-Game Reaction

VIDEO: A Robin Lopez block leads to a Nicolas Batum fast-break layup.

VIDEO: Damian Lillard steals the ball and orchestrates a fast-break that ends in an Alonzo Gee dunk.

VIDEO: A fan manages to hit a half court shot and win a Toyota.

VIDEO: Alonzo Gee finishes a play with a two-handed dunk.

VIDEO: Alonzo Gee finishes a solo fast break with a dunk.

VIDEO: Wesley Matthews speaks with TNT following the game.