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Blazers Outshot, Out-hustled in 114-91 Loss to Mavericks

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DALLAS – Athletes always seem to shine on their birthdays, and O.J. Mayo was no exception on Monday night as he used a 32-point performance to lead the Dallas Mavericks to a 114-91 win over the Portland Trail Blazers in Dallas, his second straight 30-point game.

Chris Kaman came off the bench for Dallas for 16 points and six rebounds, and Darren Collison added a double-double with 14 points and 13 assists. Meanwhile for the Blazers, the starters carried the load once again. Four of the five starters scored double figures, led by Wesley Matthews and LaMarcus Aldridge with 20 points each. Rookie Damian Lillard added 13 points.

The Blazers got off to a slow start, trailing by nine with less than two minutes to go in the first. Portland was able to chip at the Mavericks’ lead and trailed by four going into the second. With 3:39 left in the half, a 13-foot jumper from Ronnie Price gave the Blazers their first lead of the game, but Dallas would go into the locker room with a two point lead.

In the third, back-to-back three-pointers from Mayo propelled the Mavericks to a 65-57 lead to begin the half. After a timeout, the Blazers were once again able to chip at the lead and whittle it down to just one point, and trailed by four going into the final quarter. The Blazers did their part for three quarters of the game as they trailed by only two with 10:17 remaining in the game. Kaman hit a mid-range jumper that sparked a 28-9 run from the Mavericks to put the game away.

Portland was outmatched in many statistical categories leading to the loss. While the Blazers shot just 38.7% from the field, the Mavericks shot 61.5%, including 50% from beyond the arc compared to 22.7% for Portland. Dallas also controlled the tempo of the game, outscoring the Blazers 24-2 on the fast break. The Mavericks have shot at least 60% from the field in consecutive games for the first time in team history thanks to what Mayo calls “organized street ball.”

Despite shooting 8-8 from the free-throw line, Lillard struggled shooting during the night going 2-13 from the field, including 1-8 from three-point range.

“It was a tough night. I got some good looks, didn’t make shots,” Lillard said.

Looking ahead, the Blazers return home for six of their next eight games, a chance to rack up some early November wins that could help them in the long run. Thursday night the Blazers welcome Blake Griffin and the Clippers to the Rose Garden. Los Angeles is coming off close losses to the Warriors and Cavaliers, and look to get back in the win column.

Upcoming Opponents 

11/8 – vs. LA Clippers

11/10 – vs. San Antonio Spurs

11/12 – vs. Atlanta Hawks

11/13 – @ Sacramento Kings

11/16 – vs. Houston Rockets

L. Aldridge 32 9-19 0-1 2-3 7 2 1 1 0 20
N. Batum 36 6-13 0-5 2-2 5 3 1 1 1 14
J.J. Hickson 25 3-10 0-0 1-2 11 0 1 0 2 7
D. Lillard 33 2-13 1-8 8-8 3 5 1 0 1 13
W. Matthews 36 8-15 3-4 1-3 3 0 1 0 5 20
J. Freeland 9 1-2 0-0 0-0 4 0 0 0 1 2
J. Jeffries 7 1-3 0-0 0-0 2 0 0 0 0 2
M. Leonard 23 3-7 0-0 0-0 9 1 0 1 1 6
N. Smith 2 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0
R. Price 18 2-4 0-1 0-0 2 1 0 0 1 4
W. Barton 2 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0
S. Pavolich 18 1-5 1-3 0-0 2 1 0 0 0 3
    36-93 5-22 14-18 25 13 5 3 13 91
    38.7% 22.7% 77.8%            
E. Brand 24 4-7 0-0 0-0 5 2 1 0 1 8
S. Marrion 24 4-6 0-0 0-0 7 3 1 2 1 8
B. Wright 25 5-7 0-0 0-0 4 2 1 1 0 10
D. Collison 34 5-8 0-0 4-5 1 13 1 0 1 14
O.J. Mayo 39 12-18 6-8 2-2 2 1 2 1 3 32
T. Murphy 16 1-4 0-3 1-2 5 1 0 0 0 3
J. Crowder 14 3-5 2-3 1-2 2 0 1 0 0 9
B. James 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0
C. Kaman 24 8-10 0-0 0-0 6 0 0 0 2 16
V. Carter 22 3-9 2-5 0-0 3 0 2 1 0 8
D. Jones 14 3-4 0-1 0-2 1 6 3 0 1 6
J. Cunningham 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 1 0 0 0 0
D. Jones 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 1 0 0 0 0 0
    48-78 10-20 8-13 37 29 12 5 9 114
    61.5% 50.0% 61.5%            

Hoping For A Little More ‘Resolve’ In 2012…


By Sam Finley, EDN Sports Editor

You hear the word ‘resolve’ a lot in the world of sports.  It’s mostly said by coaches hoping that their team will rebound after a tough game.  I suppose you could argue that some other words could be used instead, but maybe it is a good time for me to suggest some quick resolutions for some folks in the realm I cover.

First of all, I have a resolution for Dallas Cowboys’ quarterback Tony Romo.  After years of bravado, maybe it’s time for this signal caller to put up or shut up.  How do you keep Romo away from your festivites?  Tell him he’ll have to play a big game there.

Tony Romo had better start living up to his hype. (Photo Credit: Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Seriously, I’m tired of hearing that this guy could be the next Brett Favre. (Though he does have the off-field drama queen role down pat).  Either he shows what he can do in a pressure situation (this weekend against the Giants is a great opportunity) or it is time to turn off the hype machine.

Next up, LeBron James.  We know what this so-called “King” can do in the NBA regular season. However, we’ve been told that LeBron just needed a better cast of characters around him before he could win the title.

That excuse floated out the window when he left Cleveland for Miami last year, and he started talking about the multiple championships that the Heat would acquire.  Funny thing is, in  the 2011 NBA Finals, the best player on the court was Dallas’ Dirk Nowitski (who let his game do the talking for him).

Therefore, until the Miami Heat win the big one, maybe it’s time all of us have this joint resolution:  We saw Michael Jordan play.  Michael Jordan was the greatest basketball player of all time.  LeBron James, you’re no Michael Jordan.

LeBron James should never be compared to Michael Jordan until he delivers in a big game. (Photo Credit: Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

Now for a more local resolution.  For the Oregon football team, it’s pretty simple. The Ducks have had three marvelous seasons under head coach Chip Kelly.  Going to two Rose Bowls in the past three years (and playing in the BCS championship in the one between) is nothing to sneeze at.

But in early 2012, they need to do something to solidify their 2011 campaign as a step in an even higher direction.  They’re playing Wisconsin in Pasadena this Monday, and should probably borrow the mantra from the late Al Davis. Yep, they need to “just win, baby.”

You’ll find a an article written by myself an Mr. Don Smalley on what the Ducks (and Badgers) need to do to come out ahead on Monday.  What that article DOESN’T tell you is what will happen.

As I see it, it comes down to one factor I didn’t list: De’Anthony Thomas. The freshman phenom can do it all from lining up in the backfield, running a pass route, even returning kicks. Some have said Oregon hasn’t seen an offense like Wisconsin’s yet. (That’s bunk! They were called the Stanford Cardinal).

De'Anthony Thomas could be the difference in the Rose Bowl for the Ducks. (Photo Credit: Steve Dykes/Getty Images)

The truth is, I don’t think the Badgers (or any other Big-10 school) has seen an athlete quite like DAT this year.  I’m looking for him to have a big day in front of his Southern California relatives, and that’ll be a big reason why the Ducks will finally get that elusive Rose Bowl win.  Here’s my prediction:  Oregon 42, Wisconsin 31.

Let’s get to one or two of my resolutions before I wrap this one up.  First, I intend to keep my long standing resolution not to every play leap frog with a unicorn. (I’ve heard that can be painful). I’m also planning to try and be a little nicer…but we’ll see how that goes. It may take a little more ‘resolve’ on my part.

Triple H had better watch out for Sam Finley when the WWE comes to Eugene. (Photo Credit: Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

Seriously, 2011 had it’s ups and downs for me. But this was a good year, and my resolution is to take the EDN sports section and continue to mold it into something worthy of your constant attention.  We’ve had some great articles in our first year, but we want to take what is good and make it even better.

We’re going to be starting some weekly reviews for both college and prep basketball that I know you’ll want to read.  You’ll also find even more profiles than ever before.  For that matter, you’ll probably find EDN in some places you didn’t necessarily think we’d go.  Here’s a perfect example:  The WWE is coming to Matt Knight Arena in February, and I intend to be there. (Look out Triple H, here I come). So check back here and watch the evolution happen.

Until next time, I’ll see you in the bleachers.