West puts Mavs on back in overtime win vs. Blazers

Posted Sunday, Feb. 12, 2012  comments  Print Reprints
A

Have more to add? News tip? Tell us

DALLAS -- That off-season acquisition of Delonte West is looking better and better with each game.

West came off the bench Saturday night to score six straight points in the second overtime to lead the Dallas Mavericks to a hard-fought 97-94 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers before 20,457 at American Airlines Center.

With starting point guard Jason Kidd on a minutes count, the Mavs turned to West for direction, and he stepped up and made big bucket after big bucket.

"He was phenomenal," coach Rick Carlisle said. "The guy stays ready and he's a money player.

"He's had that reputation since he's been in the league, really. We had been battling pretty good, but we needed a lift. J-Kidd was at his minutes ceiling for the night and [West] was the guy."

West said he was spurred on by Lyndon Bay, a teenager with a rare kidney disorder whom West invited to Saturday's game.

"For the last 12 minutes until that overtime, it was hard for me to get loose," West said. "I thought about it -- I had my man Lyndon Bay at the game -- I thought about all the things he's been through and I just drew my strength from him.

"I went out there and played tough, like he would want me to."

After West got the Mavs going, it was Dirk Nowitzki who finished off the Blazers. Going into fellow All-Star forward LaMarcus Aldridge (33 points, 12 rebounds) of Seagoville, Nowitzki wheeled, dipped and drained a 17-footer over the outstretched arms of Aldridge as the Mavs nudged ahead, 97-93, with 16.5 seconds to go.

"It was a vintage Nowitzki shot," Carlisle said. "Contested, bumped, somehow creates ... high arc and the ball goes in.

"It was really the game-winning shot in a lot of ways, because when it gets to four it just gets a lot tougher on the opposing team."

Portland cut it to three when Wesley Matthews made the first of two free throws. Matthews missed the second charity toss, and Shawn Marion and Gerald Wallace wound up in a jump-ball situation with 10 seconds left.

Wallace won the jump, but Jamal Crawford wound up tossing up a wild 3-pointer at the buzzer with -- who else -- West standing right near his chest.

"The play at the end of the game where [West is] guarding Crawford, he doesn't allow the guy to get a good look at a 3," Carlisle said. "And that's the guy that can throw in some tough 3s, so he was big at both ends."

Nowitzki led the Mavs with 20 points and nine rebounds, Jason Terry tallied 19 points, Marion collected 14 points and 12 rebounds, and Lamar Odom and West each scored 10 points.

"I thought Lamar Odom played one of his best games of the year tonight," Carlisle said. "He had great energy, he was attacking, he was into the game.

"When Dirk had some struggles early in the third, we went to Lamar and he made a couple of big plays, he hit a three. It was stuff that kept us going during a tough spot."

The Mavs used a 16-4 run to take a 34-16 lead early in the second quarter. But the Blazers kept chipping away until they finally caught Dallas at 71-71 on a Raymond Felton 3-pointer with 4:57 left in regulation.

Aldridge tied the game at 81-81 when he rolled in a jumper with 12 seconds left. Nowitzki then missed a jumper at the buzzer, which forced the first overtime.

A missed 3-pointer by Crawford at the buzzer sent the game into the second overtime period.

Kidd played 31 minutes and finished with five points, eight rebounds and eight assists. But he sat the entire second overtime session, and then West took over.

"The first play of overtime [West] comes off and lines up a shot and knocks it in and it just got us going," Carlisle said. "And he did good things defensively."

As far as Kidd goes, Carlisle said: "He felt OK going into the first overtime, so he rolled with it, but then it was time to get him out. And that's why it's good to have a guy like West to come in and make plays at both ends."

Dwain Price, 817-390-7760

Looking for comments?

We welcome your comments on this story, but please be civil. Do not use profanity, hate speech, threats, personal abuse or any device to draw undue attention. Our policy requires those wishing to post here to use their real identity.

Our commenting policy | Facebook commenting FAQ | Why Facebook?





Sunday, September 21Full Scoreboard
Toronto2Top 9th | Box
NY Yankees5@theBallpark | TV: SNET, YES
Washington «2Final | Box
Miami1
NY Mets7Bottom 8th | Box
Atlanta2@theBallpark | TV: SNY, FSN-S
Boston3Bottom 8th | Box
Baltimore2@theBallpark | TV: NESN, MASN
Milwaukee0Final | Box
Pittsburgh «1
Chicago WSox10Top 8th | Box
Tampa Bay3@theBallpark | TV: WGN, Sun Sports
Seattle3Bottom 6th | Box
Houston4@theBallpark | TV: ROOT-NW, CSN-HOU
Detroit2Top 6th | Box
Kansas City4@theBallpark | TV: FSN-DET, FSN-KC, TBS
Cleveland7Bottom 6th | Box
Minnesota2@theBallpark | TV: STO, FSN-N
Los Angeles5Bottom 5th | Box
Chicago Cubs4@theBallpark | TV: SportsNet LA, CSN-CHI
Texas0Bottom 3rd | Box
LA Angels0@theBallpark | TV: FSN-SW, FSN-W
Philadelphia1Bottom 1st | Box
Oakland0@theBallpark | TV: CSN-PHI, CSN-CA
Arizona0Bottom 1st | Box
Colorado0@theBallpark | TV: FSN-AZ, ROOT-RM
San Francisco0Bottom 1st | Box
San Diego0@theBallpark | TV: CSN-BA, FSN-SD
Cincinnati 9/21 8:05 PM ET
St. Louis TV: ESPN
Full Scoreboard
Sunday, September 21Full Scoreboard
No games today
Full Scoreboard
Week 3Full Scoreboard
Thursday
Tampa Bay14Final | Box
Atlanta «56Gridiron Replay
Sunday
San Diego «22Final | Box
Buffalo10
Tennessee7Final | Box
Cincinnati «33
Baltimore «23Final | Box
Cleveland21
Green Bay7Final | Box
Detroit «19
Indianapolis «44Final | Box
Jacksonville17
Oakland9Final | Box
New England «16
Minnesota9Final | Box
New Orleans «20
Houston17Final | Box
NY Giants «30
Washington274th Qtr 5:26 | Box
Philadelphia37@theGridiron | TV: FOX
Dallas «34Final | Box
St. Louis31
San Francisco01st Qtr 9:40 | Box
Arizona3@theGridiron | TV: FOX
Kansas City 4:25 PM ET
Miami TV: CBS
Denver 4:25 PM ET
Seattle TV: CBS
Pittsburgh 8:30 PM ET
Carolina TV: NBC
Monday
Chicago 8:30 PM ET
NY Jets TV: ESPN
Full Scoreboard
Sunday, September 21Full Scoreboard
Columbus «4Final | Box
Carolina3
Buffalo 9/21 5:00 PM ET
Washington TV: CSN-DC, NHL Network
St. Louis 9/21 6:30 PM ET
Columbus 
Calgary 9/21 8:00 PM ET
Edmonton 
Edmonton 9/21 8:00 PM ET
Calgary 
Full Scoreboard