Matthews scores 30 in Portland win

PORTLAND — Wesley Matthews tied a career high with 30 points, LaMarcus Aldridge added 27 and the Portland Trail Blazers beat the Utah Jazz 100-89 on Thursday night.

Deron Williams had 19 points and eight assists for Utah, Paul Millsap added 17 points and Al Jefferson had 13 points and 10 rebounds. The Jazz lost to Portland for the second time this week.

Matthews, lured away from Utah over the summer with a five-year, $34 million deal, has flourished as Brandon Roy's replacement in the starting lineup. The second-year guard from Marquette entered the game averaging 15.4 points and has led the team in scoring in 11 games.

Marcus Camby returned after missing three of Portland's last five games because of an ankle injury, leading Portland with a season-high 20 rebounds. Andre Miller added 16 points and 10 assists.

Utah trailed most of the game but cut it to 85-78 with 6:44 remaining after Jeremy Evans hit a running hook shot. But Portland went on a 6-0 run with Aldridge scoring down low and Miller knocking down a turnaround jumper to push the lead to double digits and end the threat.

The Jazz were coming off a road victory over the Los Angeles Clippers on Wednesday night. Utah entered the game 6-2 when playing for the second straight night, but the Jazz started slowly against Portland.

The Blazers hit eight of their first 10 shots and Matthews made a 3-pointer to put Portland up 19-10. However, the Blazers missed 14 of their next 17 shots and eventually lost the lead, with Earl Watson scoring to put Utah up 30-29. The Blazers regained the lead and were up 46-41 at halftime.

Matthews scored 16 points in the third quarter to help Portland take a 15-point lead at 70-55.

Spurs 99, Mavericks 93

At Dallas, Tim Duncan bounced back from one of the least productive games of his career to score 17 points and reserve Gary Neal had 21, sending the San Antonio Spurs to a victory over the Dallas Mavericks in a showdown between the top two teams in the Western Conference.

Dirk Nowitzki missed his second straight game because of a sprained knee ligament and the Mavericks have lost both. Dallas had won 17 of 18 with its leading scorer.

San Antonio won for the 12th time in 14 games and improved to 28-4, extending the best start in franchise history. Coming off a thorough victory over the Lakers, the Spurs got behind in the opening minutes then used a 21-2 run that started late in the first quarter to go ahead for good.

Magic 112, Knicks 103

At Orlando, Fla., Dwight Howard had 24 points and 18 rebounds in a bruising battle with Amare Stoudemire, and Orlando beat New York for its fifth straight victory.

Stoudemire finished with 30 points, four rebounds and four assists but got into foul trouble early in a matchup of two of the NBA's best big men.

J.J. Redick and Ryan Anderson had 14 points apiece, helping the Magic build a 20-point lead before halftime and hold on late. New York trimmed the deficit to two in the fourth quarter before the Magic pulled away.

Wilson Chandler had 29 points and Shawne Williams added 15 for the Knicks. They have lost five of seven.

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