PORTLAND, Ore. – The third quarter did in the Dallas Mavericks again.
For the fifth time this season in as many games, the Mavs were no-shows in the third quarter. And for the second time that lack of production in the third quarter was a direct reason why they were unable to win a game.
The Portland Trail Blazers outscored the Mavs 35-18 in the third quarter and went on to post a 108-87 victory Thursday night before a sellout crowd of 19,441 at the Moda Center.
With the loss the Mavs dropped to 3-2 on the season. Dallas finishes up this short two-game road trip Friday night at 8 in Utah against the 2-3 Jazz.
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The Mavs were coasting along with a 50-46 lead at the half thanks to 15 points from Dirk Nowitzki and 10 from Monta Ellis. Then, just like they did in their previous four games, the Mavs completely disappeared in the third period as they made just 6-of-20 shots while the Blazers were 13-of-20 from the field.
Nowitzki led the Mavs with 17 points, but was only 6-of-17 from the floor. Ellis finished with 14 points, and Chandler Parsons tallied nine of his 11 points in the third quarter.
LaMarcus Aldridge led Portland with 20 points and seven rebounds, Damian Lillard notched 18 points and Wesley Matthews added 12. The Blazers also received a huge shot in the arm off the bench from former Mavs center Chris Kaman, who was 6-of-6 from the floor and finished with 12 points and five rebounds in just 18 minutes.
Dallas led by as much as seven (45-38) with 2:09 left before halftime after Nowitzki drilled a 3-pointer. But not much happened for the Mavs on the positive side after that.
Overall, the Mavs shot just 36.7 percent from the field and were 5-of-23 from 3-point range. This also is the first time the Mavs -- who came in leading the NBA in scoring with 111.8 points per game -- did not score at least 100 points.
In addition, the Blazers pounded the Mavs on the boards, winning that battle 53-34.