Mavs erase deficit in win against Blazers
It was a superhero day at American Airlines Center and the Dallas Mavericks showed some superhuman efforts in erasing a 15-point deficit in the final quarter to beat the Portland Trail Blazers 102-101. Luka Dončić had 28 points, he scored 13 of them in the last quarter, nine rebounds and six assists. Tim Hardaway Jr. had 24 points.
Portland went more than 10 minutes in the fourth quarter without a basket. “It’s probably our best quarter of the year if you just take into consideration the whole situation,” coach Rick Carlisle said. “We were down pretty significantly headed into the fourth quarter. They’re a great finishing team with their guards and their playmaking, and to go 24-9 is a great effort defensively.”
Dončić gave the Mavs their first lead since the second quarter with a finger-roll layup and put them ahead for good with a 3-point play on a driving layup with 1:28 remaining in the game. “Something that’s important to understand right now it that Luka has an amazing amount of responsibilities on this team. He’s got to make good decisions, he’s got to score, he’s got to get guys shots, and he’s got to guard people and rebound,” Carlisle said. “Since the trade more responsibilities are falling on Luka, and this is really important 27-28 game stretch for him to feel what this is all about and be able to learn what it feels to have to deliver in all these different areas. He’s certainly capable of doing it, but it’s a little bit different deal than before the trade for sure.”
This was Mavs’ sixth win in their last nine games, they are now 26-29.
The Mavs will play at Houston on Monday and then play their final game before the All Star break on Wednesday at home against Miami.