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Mavs blow 30-point lead, rally past Blazers 103-98

Published on NewsOK Modified: March 7, 2014 at 11:30 pm •  Published: March 7, 2014
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DALLAS (AP) — Dirk Nowitzki says he wasn't thinking about the last time the Dallas Mavericks blew a 30-point lead and lost.

The biggest collapse in franchise history was a long time ago, and he was too busy trying to make sure it didn't happen again.

Nowitzki scored 22 points, Devin Harris hit the go-ahead shot in the final minute and the Mavericks rallied in the fourth quarter after blowing their huge first-half lead, beating the Portland Trail Blazers 103-98 Friday night.

"You're just out there battling," Nowitzki said. "They're a very, very good team. They came back a lot quicker than we wanted it to be, but we kept fighting and got the win."

LaMarcus Aldridge finished with 30 for Portland, including 18 in the third quarter when the Blazers went in front for the first time at 69-67 after trailing 44-14 early in the second quarter.

But Nowitzki didn't pause to remember Dec. 6, 2002, when the Mavericks lost at the Los Angeles Lakers 105-103 after leading 66-36 early in the third quarter.

Rick Carlisle wasn't dwelling on the blown lead either.

"How many whatever-point leads have we blown this year?" the Dallas coach said. "There's been tons of them. We've got to work to prevent it. There's no harder way to do it than what happened tonight."

The score was tied 98-all when Aldridge missed a shot from the lane and Harris won the scramble for the rebound. He dribbled the length of the floor and hit a leaning shot on the baseline and was fouled by Damian Lillard with 24 seconds left.

"He busted my mouth open, so I knew I wasn't all the way in front of him," Lillard said. "But I figured since that was the second time that he dipped his head into my face, I figured they would call offensive foul. We still had a couple opportunities after that that we didn't take advantage of."

After Harris' free throw put Dallas up by three, Aldridge's pass went over Lillard's head out of bounds.

Monta Ellis missed two free throws, but Vince Carter slipped between a pair of Portland players for the offensive rebound and was fouled. Carter made both free throws, and Ellis had a steal to seal a wild win that snapped the Mavericks' season-high three-game losing streak.

"I had some big miscues down the stretch," said Aldridge, who had 17 rebounds. "I missed some shots down the stretch. Fighting all the way back, being up and having the opportunity to win and not taking care of business."

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