Mavs rally after being up 30

Published: Mar 08, 2014 11:05am EST
By Steven Baer, Sports Writer for Konsume Sports

Please Note: This article was updated Mar 08, 2014 @ 11:05am EST


The Dallas Mavericks defense comes up big late, as they close the game on an 11-0 run and avoid a season high fourth straight loss to beat the Portland Trail Blazers 103-98.

Two of the biggest plays last night came in the last two minutes.  Monta Ellis with a big steal and finish to tie the game at 98-98 with 1:44 left, and Devin Harris drive to the basket getting the foul called to make it 101-98, with 24 seconds left.

“Harris’ three point play was a huge play, as big a play as we’ve had all year,” Rick Carlisle said.

Portland came into the game with the number one scoring offense in the NBA, but only managed to score 10 points in the first quarter.  That’s the lowest number the Mavs have held a team in a quarter this season.  Jose Calderon was on fire early scoring 15 points in the first quarter and the Mavs enjoyed a 40-10 lead early in the second quarter.

“You’re not going to have a better first quarter in this league,” Carlisle said.

Just as hot as the Mavs started the game they were equally as cold to start the second half.  Portland outscored the Mavs 36-18 in the third quarter.  The huge lead faded quickly and the Mavs finished the third quarter only being up one, 75-74.

The Mavs showed signs of letting this one slip away with going down 89-82 in the fourth quarter.  Dallas then got the lead back at 90-89 before letting Portland get up 98-92 with just over four minutes remaining.  The building that was rocking in the first half was now quiet and shocked during that timeout.  After that timeout the number one scoring offense in the NBA did not score another point.

“There’s no harder way to do it than the way we did it tonight,” Carlisle said.

The Mavs stay one game ahead of the Memphis for the final playoff spot in the West.  It doesn’t get any easier with Indiana coming to town on Sunday, and then the Mavs go on a three game road trip that will include Golden State and Oklahoma City.  With 19 games remaining and only a one game lead the Mavs cannot afford to be blowing anymore big leads.


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