DALLAS -- It had to be on the minds of long-time Dallas Mavericks followers.
Back on Dec. 6, 2002 in a road game against the Los Angeles Lakers, the Mavs led Hollywood's favorite team 66-36 with 11:19 remaining in the third quarter. Victory was in hand, right?
103. largest blown lead in NBA history.
To this day it represents the largest blown lead in Mavs' history.
But that record nearly got tied Friday night at American Airlines Center when the Mavs built a pair of 30-point leads against the Portland Trail Blazers. Dallas lead 44-14 with 8:41 left in the second quarter, only to see the Blazers lead 85-78 early in the fourth quarter and 98-92 with 4:26 left in the game.
Dirk Nowitzki is the lone member of the Mavs who was with the team during that collapse against the Lakers over 11 years ago. After the Mavs survived a scare Friday and used a game-closing 11-0 run to beat Portland 103-98, Nowitzki was asked if he was thinking about that huge blown lead against the Lakers during Friday's game against the Blazers.
"Actually I did not think about that,'' he said. "It didn't cross my mind to think back to '02.
"For some reason, I don't know how that happened.''
-- Dwain Price
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