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Mavericks Squash Blazers Behind 41 from Luka Doncic

The Portland-Dallas game was a barn-burner, but only one way.

Portland Trail Blazers v Dallas Mavericks Photo by Sam Hodde/Getty Images

The Portland Trail Blazers were dominated all game by the Dallas Mavericks in a 126-97 loss on Wednesday night. Luka Doncic amassed 40 points in just three quarters before being able to rest for the entire final frame of the blowout.

The Mavericks took Portland out of the game early, utilizing a massive advantage in the second quarter. The Blazers were never able to recover.

Portland was led by Shaedon Sharpe, who finished with 16. Anfernee Simons and Matisse Thybulle were second and third for the Blazers with 15 points and 12 points respectively.

The Mavericks were led in scoring by their star guards. Doncic finished with 41 points and Kyrie Irving had 29.

First Quarter

The Blazers found themselves playing catch up early, although with little success. The Mavericks began the game on a 9-0 run in the first two minutes. Portland made it easy for Dallas to extend their lead by comitting three turnovers which led to five fast break points early in the game for the Mavericks.

The Blazers were able to find the bottom of the basket from the outset. Even when Portland started scoring, the Mavericks were able to keep them from putting a real dent in the lead with a parade to the free throw line. Dallas was the beneficiary of a lot of foul calls early, which led to them shooting 15 free throws in the first nine minutes of the game.

Despite a slight push from the Blazers to bring the lead as low as six points, Dallas was able to finish the quarter strong, finding plenty of easy layups inside. The Mavericks led 35-25 at the end of the first.

Second Quarter

The Mavericks began the quarter with another offensive outburst. A slight silver lining for the Blazers: they were able to score this time, at least a little. Just over two minutes into the second quarter, Dallas had used a 10-4 run to extend the lead to 16 points at 45-29.

The game slowly dragged on, due in large part to the massive number of whistles throughout. The Mavericks were able to build their massive lead with a long 29-8 run that spanned over six minutes. The margin ballooned to 29 points with three minutes left in the second.

Duop Reath had his night cut short after being called for a questionable Flagrant 2 foul call that came on an offensive foul with 1:30 left in the second quarter.

An awful first half was quantified by a couple stats that seem like they could have covered a whole game. Portland had 20 fouls, leading to 25 Maverick free throws, in the first half alone. Doncic and Irving had 52 points between them, which was more than the whole Blazers roster. Portland also had 14 turnovers, allowing Dallas 19 fast break points and 23 points off of turnovers before intermission.

The Blazers trailed 78-47 at halftime.

Third Quarter

Portland began to figure out their offense, scoring a couple quick baskets to start the second half. Unfortunately, the defense was still lacking. They made up little ground. Almost every Portland basket had an answer from the Mavericks on the other end.

Doncic and Irving continued to be too much for the Blazers to answer. The pair had 18 of the 24 third quarter points for Dallas. Portland was able to limit the rest of the Mavericks enough to win the quarter 27-24, but that advantage was nowhere near enough to spark a comeback attempt.

The team that was starved for minutes at center after losing Reath to ejection also lost Jabari Walker to injury in the third. They began logging minutes with Ish Wainright in the middle. The lack of size didn’t hurt Portland much, but it did not help them too much either.

Dallas led 102-74 heading into the final quarter.

Fourth Quarter

The final quarter did little to change the fortunes of the Blazers. The Mavericks looked determined to extinguish all hope and they did.

Despite Doncic and Irving not appearing in the quarter, Dallas was still able to stay even with the Blazers. All five of Portland’s starters appeared in the final quarter for at least a while, but Portland was unable to make the final score look prettier.

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Stay tuned for extended analysis of the game coming up soon.

Box Score

The Blazers play the Mavericks again on Friday at 5:30 p.m.