Mavs buzzer-beater ends Blazers’ win streak

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PORTLAND — Monta Ellis hit a 21-foot jumper at the buzzer and the Dallas Mavericks snapped the Portland Trail Blazers’ four-game winning streak with a 108-106 victory on Saturday night.

Ellis finished with 22 points and Dirk Nowitzki had 28 for the Mavericks’ third straight win.

Damian Lillard had 32 points for the Blazers, including a 3-pointer with 1.9 seconds left that tied it at 106.

It was just the second loss at home this season for the red-hot Blazers (17-4), who lead the Western Conference and are off to their best start since the 1990-91 season.

Lillard’s 3-pointer closed Portland within 90-91 and he added another to tie it with 3:58 left. But Nowitzki made two jumpers to keep the Blazers from taking the lead.

Robin Lopez’s hook shot and a pair of free throws from Nicolas Batum evened it again at 98. Nowitzki’s 3-point play was followed by Batum’s short jumper before Ellis drained a 3-pointer from the corner to make it 104-100 for Dallas with 1:40 left. He added a fadeaway with 45.9 to go.

Batum made a falling-down 3-pointer to pull the Blazers within 106-103 before Lillard’s 3 tied it.

Batum finished with 22 points for the Blazers, who were coming off a 130-98 rout of the Utah Jazz on Friday night. LaMarcus Aldridge added 19 points and 13 rebounds for his 11th double-double this season.

The Mavs (13-8) were coming off a 100-97 victory at New Orleans on Wednesday.

DeJuan Blair’s layup gave the Mavs an early 22-16 lead, but Aldridge dunked to even it at 28 late in the first half, and Dorell Wright’s layup put Portland in front. The Blazers held on to a slim advantage until late in the half, when Jose Calderon’s layup and Shawn Marion’s dunk pulled Dallas into a 55-51 lead for a 55-53 advantage at the half.

The Mavericks took a 67-61 lead on Nowitzki’s 3-pointer, then extended it on consecutive baskets from Blair.

Portland responded with a 10-0 run capped by Batum’s 3-pointer and dunk to tie it at 71. Calderon’s layup snapped the run and Dallas took a 79-76 lead into the final quarter.

Gal Mekel’s 3-pointer gave Dallas an 85-78 lead with 8:40 left.

Portland trailed 89-80 but charged back with consecutive baskets from Lillard and Aldridge. After Vince Carter’s layup, Lillard hit on a jumper that was countered by Bernard James’ layup for Dallas to make it 93-86.

Trail Blazers rout Jazz, 130-98

PORTLAND — The Trail Blazers had the perfect recipe for a record shooting night — nice ball movement, open shooters, a good hythm, and one of the NBA’s worst teams as an opponent.

“We were feeling it,” Wesley Matthews said after Portland set franchise and league 3-point records in a 130-98 win over the struggling Utah Jazz on Friday.

Matthews scored 24 points and LaMarcus Aldridge added 20 points and 15 rebounds for the surging Blazers, who have won four straight and 15 of 16. Portland made 17 of 23 shots from 3-point range for 73.9 percent, an NBA record for a team with at least 20 attempts, according to basketball-reference.com. Portland also surpassed its previous franchise mark of 16 3-pointers.

Damian Lillard added 21 points and Nicolas Batum had 13 for the Blazers.

Alec Burks had 16 points to lead the Jazz, who trailed by as many as 42. They have lost 10 of 11 games on the road this season.

Gordon Hayward, Jeremy Evans and John Lucas III scored 10 apiece.

“It wasn’t a lack of effort,” Hayward said. “It just started to snowball on us.”

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