Trail Blazers vs. Mavericks – NBA Game Recap – December 16, 2022

DALLAS — Luka Doncic scored 33 points, Christian Wood had a season-high 32 points along with 12 rebounds and the Dallas Mavericks beat the Portland Trail Blazers 130-110 on Friday night.

Two of Dallas’ top three scorers had 20 each before halftime — NBA leading scorer Doncic at 23-20 for Wood — and combined for 22-of-35 from the field as Dallas shot 56%.

Damian Lillard also had 20 before the break at 21 but finished at 24 to end a four-game streak with at least 35 points that was the longest in the NBA this season with Philadelphia’s Joel Embiid.

The Mavericks ended the Blazers’ three-game winning streak when they defeated Portland for a sixth straight game. The average lead during the streak is 25 points.

Wood’s first 20-point half with Dallas helped the Mavericks convert an eight-point deficit into a 14-point lead in the second quarter before Dallas settled for a nine-point lead at halftime.

“He did a great job, being able to play him through in the second quarter was huge for us,” said coach Jason Kidd. “Laying on the ground at both ends, he took us tonight.”

Dallas, who had lost three of their previous four games, beat Portland 28-10 in the first seven minutes of the third quarter for a 27-point lead. The lead never fell below 19 after that.

Doncic and Lillard sat the entire fourth quarter — along with the rest of Portland’s starters — with both teams on the first night of a back-to-back. Doncic went into the dressing room with 6:40 remaining.

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“We didn’t have it,” said Portland coach Chauncey Billups. “We’re going to talk about why we didn’t have it. I wanted to be smart. We are in a difficult little phase. I need to know when to fold them.”

Lillard, who averaged 38 points in his last four games, started hot again before cooling off with three straight misses from 3-point territory in the second quarter. He finished 6 out of 14.

While the top three scorers for Dallas had a combined 78 points (Spencer Dinwiddie had 13), the Blazers’ trio had just 38 points with 20 points.

Anfernee Simons and Jerami Grant finished with seven points each and went out together for 5 of 19. Grant scored 37 points in Dallas’ 117-112 home win last month.

Doncic and Wood became the first Dallas teammates to each score at least 20 points in the same half since Doncic and Seth Curry three years ago in a 122-111 win over Detroit in Mexico City.

Jusuf Nurkic and Trendon Watford each had 16 for Portland, and Watford had 11 rebounds.

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Kemba Walker made his home debut for Dallas and converted a three-point game when he beat the shot clock buzzer after rebounding his own miss and being fouled. He also had a 3 to finish with six points. The four-time All-Star with a history of knee problems signed with Dallas on Nov. 29.

TIP INS

Trail Blazers: Lillard is 46 points away from overtaking Hall of Famer Clyde Drexler as the franchise’s league leader. … Grant opened the scoring with a 3 but went the rest of the way as a 1 of 7.

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Mavericks: Tim Hardaway Jr scored 17 points on 7-of-10 shooting. … G Josh Green, who missed his fourth straight game with a right elbow sprain, will be making the upcoming road trip. … C Dwight Powell suffered a contusion on his left thigh early in the third quarter and did not return. The Mavs are already without F/C Maxi Kleber, who will be out for several weeks with a hamstring tear.

NEXT

Trail Blazers: This is the second of three stops in Texas to begin the first of two six-game season-long trips. After Houston finishes a back-to-back Saturday, Portland plays back-to-back games in Oklahoma City.

Mavericks: A Four-Game Journey begins with the conclusion of a back-to-back in Cleveland on Saturday. The Cavaliers beat the Mavericks 105-90 in Dallas on Wednesday.

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