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Mavericks beat Trail Blazers 125-112 behind Doncic’s double-double

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Portland Trail Blazers guard Anfernee Simons, right, drives against Dallas Mavericks forward Derrick Jones Jr. during the second half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Dec. 8, 2023, in Portland, Ore.
Portland Trail Blazers guard Anfernee Simons, right, drives against Dallas Mavericks forward Derrick Jones Jr. during the second half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Dec. 8, 2023, in Portland, Ore. (AP Photo/Howard Lao) Photo Gallery

PORTLAND — Luka Doncic had 32 points and 10 assists as the Dallas Mavericks beat the short-handed Portland Trail Blazers 125-112 on Friday night after Kyrie Irving injured his right foot.

With just under four minutes left in the second quarter, Irving was fouled under the basket by Portland center Duop Reath. The star guard fell to the floor, where teammate Dwight Powell inadvertently stepped on his foot, causing Irving to stay down for several minutes.

Irving remained in the game to shoot two free throws before Tim Hardaway Jr. committed a foul to get him out. Irving was taken to the locker room to be examined by the Mavericks’ training staff and was ruled out for the rest of the game.

Dante Exum had 23 points for the Mavericks (13-8), and Hardaway scored 20 off the bench. Doncic grabbed six rebounds.

Anfernee Simons had 30 points, eight assists and five rebounds in his second game back from right thumb surgery for a Blazers team missing three starters. Malcolm Brogdon and Deandre Ayton were both out with right knee soreness, and Jerami Grant was sidelined for the second consecutive game as he remains in the NBA’s concussion protocol.

Shaedon Sharpe added 24 points, nine rebounds and five assists for Portland (6-15). Toumani Camara had 14 points and nine rebounds.

Dallas led the entire way, and by as much as 19 in the first half. Portland made several pushes, even cutting Dallas’ lead to one in the second half, but was never able to break through.

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Blazers play the Clippers in Los Angeles on Monday.

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MAVERICKS 125, BLAZERS 112

DALLAS (125) — Exum 9-15 3-4 23, Jones Jr. 6-12 1-2 14, Lively II 5-6 0-0 10, Doncic 11-28 7-8 32, Irving 4-6 3-3 11, Morris 1-1 0-0 2, Prosper 0-1 0-0 0, Powell 1-2 2-2 4, Hardaway Jr. 7-12 2-2 20, Curry 2-5 1-1 7, Lawson 1-3 0-0 2. Totals 47-91 19-22 125.

PORTLAND (112) — Camara 6-20 0-0 14, Thybulle 3-7 0-0 9, Reath 4-9 0-0 10, Sharpe 7-15 5-6 24, Simons 10-21 6-6 30, Minaya 0-0 0-0 0, Murray 2-6 0-0 5, Walker 3-10 3-3 10, Henderson 4-17 2-3 10. Totals 39-105 16-18 112.

Dallas 37 34 26 28—125

Portland 22 38 30 22—112

3-Point Goals—Dallas 12-39 (Hardaway Jr. 4-9, Doncic 3-14, Exum 2-2, Curry 2-4, Jones Jr. 1-7, Prosper 0-1, Lawson 0-2), Portland 18-53 (Sharpe 5-10, Simons 4-10, Thybulle 3-5, Reath 2-6, Camara 2-10, Murray 1-3, Walker 1-3, Henderson 0-6). Fouled Out—None. Rebounds—Dallas 42 (Lively II 9), Portland 48 (Camara, Sharpe 9). Assists—Dallas 26 (Doncic 10), Portland 20 (Simons 8). Total Fouls—Dallas 23, Portland 24. A—18,762 (19,393)

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