Mav­er­icks rally for win over Blaz­ers

El Dorado News-Times - - Sports -

DAL­LAS (AP) — Luka Don­cic was sum­moned back to the court for a very brief speech to a group of about 100 Slove­ni­ans who made the 24-hour trek to see their coun­try­man, the teenage rookie sen­sa­tion for the Dal­las Mav­er­icks.

The big­ger thrill for the vis­i­tors came a lit­tle ear­lier when Don­cic helped en­gi­neer a fourth-quar­ter come­back against the play­off-con­tend­ing Port­land Trail Blaz­ers.

Don­cic scored 13 of his 28 points in the fourth, Tim Har­d­away Jr. fin­ished with 24 and the Mav­er­icks erased a 15-point deficit in the fi­nal 10 min­utes for a 102-101 vic­tory Sun­day.

"I don't nor­mally play him the whole quar­ter, but when we be­gan to make the push early in the fourth it was just one those times where he was go­ing to have to fin­ish for us to have a chance," said coach Rick Carlisle, whose team matched its big­gest come­back of the sea­son.

Damian Lil­lard scored 21 of his 30 points in the last half of the third quar­ter to help the Blaz­ers build a lead that grew to 96-81 early in the fourth be­fore the Mav­er­icks mounted their rally.

Lil­lard made eight straight shots and in one stretch scored 16 straight Port­land points in the third, but the All-Star guard missed his last four at­tempts as the Blaz­ers went 10:10 with­out a field goal in a nine-point fourth quar­ter.

The last miss from Lil­lard was a driv­ing layup in the fi­nal se­conds af­ter Don­cic had missed at the other end, and Dal­las' Maxi Kle­ber hunched over with the re­bound and hung on long enough for time to ex­pire.

"Some missed op­por­tu­ni­ties, some turnovers, some poor de­ci­sions, and you have got to give Dal­las a lot of credit," Port­land coach Terry Stotts said. "They play with a lot of en­ergy."

There is plenty of de­bate over whether the Mav­er­icks still want to make the play­offs af­ter trad­ing the other four starters around Don­cic in a pair of deals that were clearly about the fu­ture over the present.

Three of the starters went to New York, and the Mav­er­icks have de­cided not to play the cen­ter­piece of that deal. They in­stead plan to let 2018 All-Star Kristaps Porzingis con­tinue his re­cov­ery from a knee in­jury sus­tained about a year ago with the Knicks.

76ers 143, Lak­ers 120

PHIL­A­DEL­PHIA (AP) — Joel Em­biid had 37 points and 14 re­bounds, To­bias Har­ris scored 22 points in his sec­ond game with Phil­a­del­phia and the newlook 76ers beat LeBron James and the Los An­ge­les Lak­ers 143-120 on Sun­day.

JJ Redick added 21 points and Jimmy But­ler fin­ished with 15 points in front of a packed crowd that brought a play­off-like feel to the na­tion­ally tele­vised game. The 76ers have won two straight af­ter ac­quir­ing Har­ris and four oth­ers at Thurs­day's trade dead­line.

Kyle Kuzma led the Lak­ers with 39 points, and James had 18 points, 10 re­bounds and nine as­sists.

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