The Mavericks recorded their 500th regular-season victory at American Airlines Center. Dallas improved to 500-217 (.697) all-time in regular-season games at the AAC. The Mavericks overcame a 15-point fourth-quarter deficit to defeat the Blazers 102-101. It was tied for Dallas’ largest come-from-behind win this season (Dallas also came back from a 15-point first-quarter deficit to beat the Timberwolves 140-136 at home on 10/20).
Mavericks rookie Luka Dončić registered a team-high 28 points, including 13 in the fourth quarter, to go along with a team-high nine rebounds, six assists and one block in 38 minutes. Dončić scored 20-plus points for the 30th time in his first 53 career games. It also marked his 15th game with 25-or-more points. He became the third Mavericks rookie with at least 30 20-point games, joining Jay Vincent (53) and Jamal Mashburn (37). Dončić led Dallas in scoring for the 28th time this year (including ties).
Mavericks guard Tim Hardaway Jr. tallied 24 points (9-18 FGs, 2-7 3FGs, 4-5 FTs), including 10 in the third quarter, to go along with four rebounds and three assists in 32 minutes. It was his highest-scoring game with Dallas through three games with his new club (he scored 12 in each of his first two games with the Mavericks). It was Hardaway’s 26th 20-point effort of the season. He surpassed 5,000 career points with a step-back jumper at the 6:07 mark of the first quarter (it gave him four points for the game and 5,001 for his career). He also hit his 700th career 3-pointer at the 6:10 mark of the second period.
Center Dwight Powell had 13 points, eight rebounds and two assists in 27 minutes. He scored in double figures for the fourth time in his last five games (19th time this season). It was also his third straight game with at least 11 points and eight boards.
Mavericks forward Dorian Finney-Smith recorded 11 points (5-10 FGs, 1-4 3FGs) and six boards in 35 minutes. It was his 20th double- figure scoring effort of the season.
Devin Harris appeared in his 583rd game with Dallas, passing Shawn Bradley (582) for eighth place on the Mavericks’ all-time games played list. J.J. Barea ranks seventh in team history in games played with 608.
Blazers point guard Damian Lillard totaled a game-high 30 points (10-23 FGs, 6-11 3FGs, 4-4 FTs), including 21 in the third quarter, to go along with three rebounds, five assists and two steals in 36 minutes. It was his 18th 30-point outing of the season. After missing his first two shots of the third frame, Lillard made his final eight shots of the period (he went 8-10 FGs and 5-6 3FGs in the third quarter).
Blazers center Jusuf Nurkic posted his 25th double-double of the season (73rd career) with 18 points (9-11 FGs) and a game-high 10 rebounds before fouling out in just 21 minutes of action.
The Blazers trailed by one (25-24) after one, but began the second quarter on a 15-1 run and went up by 13 (39-26) with 7:33 remaining in the period. Portland outscored Dallas 33-22 in the second frame and led 57-47 at the half.
Dallas trailed by nine (61-50) early in the third quarter, but used a 15-6 run (capped by a Tim Hardaway Jr. three-point play) to knot the game at 67 with 5:31 left in the period. Portland responded with a 10-2 run and went right back up by eight (77-69) with 3:33 left in the frame.
Dallas held Portland to just nine points on 3-of-16 (.188) shooting in the fourth quarter (the Mavericks outscored the Blazers 24-9 in the fourth). After going 9-of-23 (.391) from beyond the arc through the first three quarters, Portland went 0-of-6 from deep in the final stanza.
J.J. Barea (right Achilles surgery) and Kristaps Porzingis (left knee surgery) both remained out for Dallas due to injury/recovery.
The attendance for today’s game was 20,340. The Mavericks have now sold out 706 consecutive regular-season home games, which is an NBA-best sellout streak. The streak began on 12/15/01 and Dallas has sold out an additional 67 playoff games during that same stretch.
The Mavericks’ next game is at Houston on Feb. 11 at 7:00 p.m. CT