Dallas Holds on in Double Overtime

Dallas Holds on in Double Overtime

The Mavericks won at home 97-94 against the Trail Blazers Saturday. The win moves the Mavericks home record to 10-5 this season and puts them at 17-11 overall this season. They still have some games to make up to try and catch up with the first place San Antonio Spurs, but have been showing that they are not done fighting. After the additions of some new players this season, Dallas got of to a shaky start. They are beginning to gel though and are making everyone remember why they are the defending champions.

Dallas was led by Nowitski who scored 20 points in the contest. Shawn Marion led the team in rebounds with 12 as well while Jason Kidd added 8 assists to lead all. Dallas got off to a hot start outscoring Portland 25-14 in the first quarter. They let Portland back in after the first half, however, and were outscored 49-38 in the second half. In the end, they were able to outscore Portland 10-6 in the second OT to get the victory.

Lamarcus Aldridge who scored 33 big points and was vital in getting the team back in the ballgame after the first led Portland. Aldridge also led the team in rebounds with 12. Nicolas Batum had 3 assists, which surprisingly led the team. The loss brings the Blazers record to 15-13 on the season. The team has been particularly horrible away from home where they are just 4-10. With a better away record, the team would be one of the leagues best.