January 27, 2018 / 4:14 AM / a month ago

Lillard, McCollum carry Blazers past Mavs

Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum combined for 49 points and the Portland Trail Blazers broke things open in the fourth quarter en route to a 107-93 triumph over the Dallas Mavericks Friday night at American Airlines Arena.

Lillard scored 29 points and McCollum added 20 for the Trail Blazers (27-22), who won their fourth straight game and gave coach Terry Stotts his 250th career coaching victory. Ed Davis had a big game off the bench, scoring 15 points on 6-for-7 shooting, grabbing 13 rebounds and blocking three shots.

Harrison Barnes scored 21 points and Dennis Smith Jr. chipped in 18 points and seven assists for the Mavericks (16-33), who lost for the fifth time in six outings.

Lillard did not score until late in the second quarter but finished making 9 of 18 shots from the field. McCollum made 9 of 14 and had five assists and four rebounds. Center Jusuf Nurkic collected 12 points and eight rebounds for Portland.

The Blazers outrebounded Dallas by a 54-37 margin. The Mavericks shot only .393 from the field.

Portland outscored Dallas 35-19 in the second quarter to seize a 52-44 halftime edge. McCollum had 13 points at the break.

The Blazers increased the margin to 59-47. The Mavericks trimmed the difference to 61-59 midway through the third quarter. Portland carried a 75-68 advantage into the final period.

Portland began the fourth quarter with a 20-5 tear. Lillard’s 3-point shot extended the Blazers’ lead to 95-74 with 6:50 remaining. Dallas never got closer than 14 points the rest of the way.

Dallas jumped to a 25-17 lead after one quarter despite 11 points by McCollum. Lillard was scoreless on 0-for-4 shooting.

The Mavericks led 36-30 when the Blazers went on a 17-2 run to go ahead 47-38. Portland’s advantage was eight points at the half.

Portland did not have the services of starting small forward Evan Turner, who was not with the team for “personal reasons.”

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