PORTLAND – After losing to LA Clippers, Dallas had a road game against the new-look Portland Trail Blazers. The Mavericks came out with guns blazing, rolled up a big lead and then survived a third-quarter drought, hanging on for a 133-125 victory over the Blazers.

The game was never really that close, as Dallas led by double-digits for nearly the entire second half except during a brief hot-shooting Blazers run. Mavericks played their first game without starting center Dwight Powell and had to make some adjustments with lineups and player combinations. Kristaps Porzingis playing mostly center instead of power forward. “We’re running out of big men,” Rick Carlisle said. “We’re going to be smaller in a lot of these situations. This was an adjustment we needed to make tonight so we had a lot of space to attack the paint.”

Neither team really seemed to expend much energy at the defensive end. Coming off his career-high 61 points against Golden State, Damian  Lillard found the range again versus the Mavs, he was 16-28 for 47 points. After that, it was a matter of survival, which the Mavericks’ hot 3-point shooting took care of. 

For Dallas Luka Doncic, who earlier in the day was named a starter in the All-Star Game finished with 27 points, nine assists and six rebounds, Porzingis had 20 points, a new starter Seth Curry added 17 points and 16 points off the bench from Jalen Brunson.