Mavericks top Blazers in 2OT

Aldridge scores 33 in 97-94 loss



DALLAS — Dirk Nowitzki scored 20 points, Jason Terry added 19, and the Dallas Mavericks held on for a 97-94 double-overtime victory over the Portland Trail Blazers on Saturday night.

Former Dallas-area high school star LaMarcus Aldridge had 33 points, 15 during a fourth-quarter rally, and Jamal Crawford contributed 19 points for the Trail Blazers.

Shawn Marion had 14 points and 12 rebounds for Dallas, which won its third in a row.

Delonte West hit an 11-footer for Dallas to open the second overtime. West later converted jumpers on consecutive possessions to give Dallas a 93-89 advantage with 2:55 left.

Crawford hit two free throws and Aldridge made a 12-footer with 1:43 remaining in the second extra session to draw Portland even at 93.

But Brendan Haywood’s tip-in with 45 seconds remaining in the second overtime gave Dallas a 95-93 edge.

Crawford missed from 15 feet, and Nowitzki swished a 15-foot fadeaway with 16.9 seconds left in the second OT for a 97-93 lead.

Wes Matthews made one of two free throws with 11.4 seconds remaining, Portland got the rebound of the second miss, but Crawford’s desperation 26-footer failed to hit the rim as final buzzer sounded.

Both teams were on the second leg of back-to-backs and wore down as the game wore on.

Dallas won on Friday night at Minnesota 104-97, while Portland defeated New Orleans on the road 94-86.

Portland’s Nicolas Batum made a 20-footer from the corner to open the first overtime, and Crawford’s layup with 3:42 left gave his team an 85-83 lead.

Nowitzki made a 17-footer, Marion hit a layup with 1:08 remaining in the first overtime, and Marion converted two free throws with 37.3 seconds left to put Dallas in front 87-85.

Aldridge rolled in an 11-foot jump-hook with 23.9 seconds left in the first overtime to tie it at 87, Nowitzki missed from 13 feet with 3 seconds left, and the game went to a second overtime.

Portland rallied from an 18-point first-half deficit.

Crawford’s layup with 54 seconds remaining in regulation got Portland within 81-79, and Nowitzki’s miss from 21 feet with 32 seconds left gave Portland a shot at tying the game.

Aldridge’s 15-foot turnaround with 12 seconds left in regulation drew Portland even at 81.

The Blazers got off to a sluggish start, missing 12 of their first 17 field goal attempts as the Mavs surged to an 18-10 lead behind Nowitzki’s eight points.

Portland went 7 for 24 from the floor in the opening period and Dallas carried a 25-14 advantage into the second quarter.

The Mavs led at halftime, 43-32 on the strength of 18-of-36 shooting from the floor and 12 points from Nowitzki.

NOTES: The teams met for the first time since the Mavericks won a six-game series in the opening round of last season’s Western Conference playoffs. Before Saturday night’s game, Dallas coach Rick Carlisle called that six-game set “as hard a series as we had. They play a tough, physical playoff style even in the regular season.” The Mavs went on to capture their first NBA title. … Portland’s 14 points in the first quarter were its low opening quarter this season. … Portland’s Marcus Camby took a charging foul from Dallas’ Lamar Odom with 5:43 left in the second quarter and sustained what appeared to be a right ankle injury.