DALLAS -- LaMarcus Aldridge poured in 30 points and collected 12 rebounds Saturday night and the Portland Trail Blazers made quick work of the Dallas Mavericks, winning 127-111 at American Airlines Center.
It was the first game of the second half of the season for the Mavs, who dropped to 24-18 and will open a three-game road trip Monday in Cleveland. Portland, meanwhile, improved to 31-9.
The Blazers held a comfortable 104-70 lead going into the fourth period. But the Mavs' reserves made things so uncomfortable for Portland that coach Terry Stotts brought his starters back in after Dallas got within 113-98 with over four minutes left.
Portland came out firing and led 35-23 after the first quarter, then stretched that to 71-52 at the half. The Blazers kept their feet on the gas pedal and eventually increased their lead to as much as 36 points (102-66) late in the third quarter.
Dirk Nowitzki (18 points) and Monta Ellis (15 points) led the Mavs. Also for Dallas, DeJuan Blair scored 13 points and Vince Carter had 11.
Besides Aldridge, the Blazers got 21 points from Nicolas Batum, 16 points and 11 rebounds from Robin Lopez, and 14 points and 10 assists from Damian Lillard.
-- Dwain Price
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