It was a tale of two halves Sunday night.
Or really, it must've been the halftime speech that clearly worked well for Dallas.
The Trail Blazers’ offensive game was on point in the first quarter against the Dallas Mavericks Sunday night.
But then it was all Mavericks all the time in the third quarter.
Luka Doncic scored 24 in the first half to help put the Mavs up 65-54 at the break as the Blazers offense cooled off.
And when the third quarter tipped off, the Blazers energy and their shooting was not there, while Dallas started the quarter on a 19-0 run.
The Mavericks ran the Blazers out of their own gym, routing Portland, 132-92.
To start the game, Portland was having its way with Dallas at the rim. Through the first quarter, the Blazers shot 57.1 percent to take a 30-27 lead.
At the other end, Robert Covington disrupted Doncic’s flow. Covington picked him up full court, but when Doncic saw a switch, he made the Blazers pay.
Dallas was automatic from three in the second half with Maxi Kleber and Dorian Finney-Smith getting in on the action.
Dallas led 103-69 heading into the final period.
The Blazers were still without Jusuf Nurkic (right calf strain) and Zach Collins (left ankle stress fracture).
For the Mavs, Willie Cauley-Stein (health and safety protocols), James Johnson (health and safety protocols) and Tyrell Terry (personal reasons) were inactive.
Whether it was Damian Lillard and Enes Kanter working the pick and roll or CJ McCollum cutting back door, the Blazers got out to a quick start after outscoring the Mavs 14-4 in the paint to take a 16-9 lead early.
Lillard finished with 19 points and four assists in the loss playing through the knee pain.
In the first half, Covington worked to make Doncic’s life hard, but when a smaller or bigger defender switched on Doncic, he found a way to get a bucket.
The Blazers gave up a 19-0 run to start the third quarter. Dallas brought the energy out of the locker room to start the third quarter. The Blazers were outscored, 38-15 in the quarter.
The Mavericks got several good looks from three and they cashed in. In the first half, Dallas shot 57.1 percent as a team from deep. For the game, they shot 51.4 percent.
Doncic was a perfect 4-for-4 from behind the arc at halftime. He made sure to take the Blazers off the dribble, coming up with buckets inside and out. He finished with 37 points on the night in 30 minutes of action.
Damian Lillard was not messing around on this take to the rim:
Or this one:
Dallas shot 8-of-15 from three in the first half to Portland’s 4-for-20. The Mavs finished the game 19-of-37 from the behind the arc. It was a very uncharacteristic shooting night for the Blazers as they finished 9-for-41 from three.
Next up: The Trail Blazers will wrap-up their five-game homestand Tuesday when the Brooklyn Nets visit Portland. The Blazers and Nets are scheduled to tip-off at 7:00 p.m. PST on NBCSNW Tuesday, the official network of the Portland Trail Blazers.