Portland Trail Blazers
After a grueling seven-game series with the Mavericks, the Spurs earned some rest by making quick work of the Trail Blazers. And it couldn’t come at a better time.
The intensity and focus that has the Spurs rolling 3-0 over Portland in the Western Conference semifinals can be traced to their Game 3 loss to Dallas in the first round.
Monta Ellis hit a 21-foot jumper at the buzzer and the Dallas Mavericks snapped the Portland Trail Blazers’ four-game winning streak with a 108-106 victory on Saturday night.
Coach Rick Carlisle playfully seemed prepared to cite HIPAA laws in refusing to detail an injury sustained by Dirk Nowitzki in Sunday’s 96-91 win at Portland.
Chris Kaman scored a season-high 26 points and the unshaven Dallas Mavericks boosted their faint playoff hopes with a 96-91 victory over the slumping Portland Trail Blazers on Sunday night.
O.J. Mayo scored 28 points, Vince Carter hit a big jumper in the final minute and the Mavericks beat the Blazers 105-99 for coach Rick Carlisle’s 500th career victory.
Chris Kaman’s frustration over being sidelined since Jan. 28 with a concussion caused him to criticize the NBA’s “concussion protocol crap’’ on Tuesday as he continues to undergo tests that might allow him to return to the team’s rotation no sooner than this weekend.
The NBA has acknowledged a pair of costly incorrect calls from the final seconds of recent games, including a critical call in the Mavs 106-104 loss at Portland.
Dallas Mavericks center Chris Kaman did not play against the Portland Trail Blazers on Tuesday night because of a concussion.
LaMarcus Aldridge’s turnaround jumper fell as time ran out, and the Trail Blazers came back from a 21-point third-quarter deficit to beat the Mavericks 106-104.
The Trail Blazers have announced the hiring of Mavericks assistant Terry Stotts as their next coach. He arrives with strong backing from Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle.
Dirk Nowitzki had 24 points and nine rebounds, Delonte West added 21 points, seven assists and six rebounds, and Mavericks nearly lost a 24-point lead in a 97-94 win over Portland on Friday night.