Blazers turn back Dallas

PORTLAND — LaMarcus Aldridge had 20 points and 10 rebounds and the Portland Trail Blazers defeated the Dallas Mavericks for the third time this season, 101-89 on Thursday.

Marcus Camby added 17 points and 11 rebounds for Portland, which won the season series from the Mavericks for the first time since the 1998-99 season.

Portland has won five straight at home and six of its last seven games overall.

Caron Butler had 25 points for Dallas, which has lost four of its last five games after a 13-game winning streak.

Shawn Marion's short jumper pulled the Mavs within 82-80 early in the fourth, but Portland wouldn't let them get any closer.

The Blazers stretched their lead to 93-82 after Rudy Fernandez's 3-pointer and Andre Miller's pull-up jumper, then held a comfortable margin the rest of the way.

The Mavericks lost the first two games against the Blazers in the season series — both in Dallas. Andre Miller scored a career-high 52 points against the Mavs in a 114-112 overtime victory on Jan. 30.

Miller had 19 points and 10 assists on Thursday.

The Blazers, coming off a 93-87 loss at Phoenix that snapped a five-game winning streak, led by as many as nine in the first quarter.

Reserve guard Jerryd Bayless scored on a fast break to put Portland ahead 32-27 at the end of the first period, then added a driving layup to open the second.

Jose Barea's bank shot narrowed it to 38-37, but Dallas could not pull ahead.

Brandon Roy's 17-foot jumper gave the Blazers a 55-46 lead late in the first half. There was some tension before the break, when Butler drew a technical for taunting.

The Blazers led 60-54 at halftime, but Dallas pulled within 60-58 early in the third quarter on Dirk Nowitzki's turnaround jumper before tying it with Butler's dunk.

Portland went back up with consecutive baskets from Camby that touched off 13-0 Portland run.

Heat 103, Bulls 74

At Chicago, Jermaine O'Neal scored 24 points and the Miami Heat jumped out to a 30-point halftime lead to rout the Chicago Bulls.

Pushing for a better playoff seeding, Miami's third straight victory and ninth in 12 games lifted the Heat into the No. 6 slot in the Eastern Conference, a half game ahead of idle Charlotte.

The Bulls have lost 11 of 13, including a 10-game losing streak, and are currently in ninth place in the East.

O'Neal shot 9 for 14, Michael Beasley added 15 points and Udonis Haslem 14 on a night when Dwyane Wade scored only 12 in 29 minutes — 14.5 under his average. Wade did have 10 assists and five rebounds.

Hakim Warrick scored 14 points and Taj Gibson and Derrick Rose had 12 each for the Bulls.

Clippers 99, Rockets 93

At Houston, Craig Smith scored a season-high 25 points and had 10 rebounds as Los Angeles ended an 11-game road losing streak.

Drew Gooden had 17 points and 14 rebounds, Baron Davis scored 16 points and Eric Gordon added 14 for the Clippers, who hadn't won on the road since Feb. 2.

Trevor Ariza and Aaron Brooks each scored 18 points, and Luis Scola had 16 points and 14 rebounds for Houston.

Share This Story