McCollum, Lillard carry Blazers previous Mavs, 125-119

CJ McCollum scored 32 factors, Damian Lillard had 31 and the Portland Path Blazers beat the Dallas Mavericks 125-119

PORTLAND, Ore. — CJ McCollum scored 32 factors, Damian Lillard had 31 and the Portland Path Blazers beat the Dallas Mavericks 125-119 on Friday evening.

The All-Stars for every group, Lillard and Luka Doncic (38 factors, 9 rebounds, eight assists) each had massive nights. However Lillard had way more assist from his co-star, as Kristaps Porzingis completed with simply 11 factors and didn’t make a subject purpose till the early third quarter.

“That was my ninth time enjoying basketball since January sixteenth,” McCollum mentioned after his finest recreation since coming back from a damaged foot. “It’s arduous to discover a rhythm in a season like this. I used to be on a minutes restriction, I used to be speeding, I wasn’t enjoying with tempo. I sort of settled in as we speak. I obtained 23 pictures up in 28 minutes.”

The groups meet once more Sunday, when Dallas will search for extra from Porzingis, its second-leading scorer.

“He obtained off to a gradual begin and we’ve simply obtained to contain him a little bit bit extra,” coach Rick Carlisle mentioned.

With 4:25 left within the second quarter, Porzingis was known as for a technical foul after arguing a name with the officers. Seconds later, Doncic was additionally assessed a technical foul. Lillard made each technical free throws and the Blazers led 64-60 at halftime.

“We made him should work and should make performs and I believe that annoyed him,” Robert Covington mentioned of Portland’s job towards Porzingis. “He doesn’t like individuals to stand up below him. For us, (Derrick Jones Jr.) and I did a terrific job of getting below him.”

Portland coach Terry Stotts earned his five hundredth profession victory.

“After my first two years in Atlanta, I didn’t suppose I’d get to 100 wins,” Stotts mentioned.

Lillard collided with two Mavericks gamers with 2:37 left within the third quarter, staying on the bottom and grabbing his left knee for a couple of minutes however staying within the recreation.

The Mavericks led by as many as eight within the fourth quarter earlier than Rodney Hood’s 3-pointer lower the Mavericks’ result in 110-109 with 4:26 left.

A dunk by Carmelo Anthony with 4:04 left wrestled the lead again for the Blazers. Lillard’s jumper with 3:23 remaining pushed Portland’s result in 113-110 and he adopted with a layup for a five-point lead.

Doncic’s floater ended Portland’s 9-0 run to make it 115-112 with 2:36 left, however McCollum remoted towards Porzingis to hit a 3-pointer to place Portland forward 118-112 with 1:17 to play.


Blazers: After back-to-back wins, together with a 50-point recreation earlier this week, there’s rising buzz about Lillard as an MVP candidate. When the topic of evaluating Lillard to previous greats got here up, Carlisle supplied that Portland’s star is a primary of his variety. “He’s a pioneer,” Carlisle mentioned. “Lots of people will examine him to Steph Curry, I see him as being completely different. Lillard has actually perfected the lengthy 3-point shot off the dribble. It wasn’t that way back the place a pull up 3-point shot arising the courtroom was thought-about a cardinal sin on this league. He’s one of many guys who triggered each group to work on this in talent improvement.”

Mavericks: The Mavs have been and not using a participant who has been key for them over the previous few weeks as Willie Cauley-Stein missed the sport as a result of league’s well being and security protocols. Carlisle informed reporters that Cauley-Stein had a attainable publicity to the coronavirus and is at present in quarantine for an “unspecified” time period.

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