The Portland Trail Blazers hit the road for the second night of a back-to-back with their first stop in Dallas. It was a game of runs from the start, but Portland held onto a steady lead at halftime. Then, Damian Lillard exploded.
The Blazers All-Star guard went off after halftime to give Portland a 14-point lead heading into the fourth. You know what that means….or so we thought.
Luka Doncic responded and the Blazers eventually fell to the Mavericks 102-101 in Dallas.
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Damian Lillard got hot in the third quarter, igniting the Blazers offense with 21 points in the quarter, and 30 in the game. But Portland needed Lillard Time to last a little longer, as the Blazers went on to make just three of their final 16 shots, turning the ball over seven times.
Dwight Jaynes recapped Portland’s fourth-quarter collapse: Anemic fourth quarter dooms Trail Blazers in Dallas
The final possession was a topic of controversy, as many believed Lillard was fouled on two occasions by Dorian Finney-Smith during the Blazers final possession.
Lillard was visibly upset following the game because Portland would have walked away with a one-point victory instead of a one-point loss.
The loss to the Mavericks was the first time this season Portland has held a lead heading into the fourth quarter, and gone on to lose. Prior to Sunday’s game, Portland had a 33-0 record when leading after three quarters.
Jamie Hudson noted the controversial end to the streak: No Call, No Win: Trail Blazers' streak comes to an end vs. Dallas Mavericks
Jamie Hudson shared her quick takeaways following the Blazers loss on the first of a back-to-back: Rapid Reaction: 3 Quick Takeaways from the Trail Blazers loss to the Dallas Mavericks