Lyou Dallas Mavericks they had no mercy on some Portland Trail Blazers decimated that have become the worst team in the NBA and those who surpassed by 128-78the fifth time that the Dallas team win a game with a difference in favor of at least 50 pointswith 39 points from Luka Doncic.who also received his sixteenth technique of the season and will miss the final game of the regular season on Sunday against the San Antonio Spurs.
The Mavericks have managed to get the first game of the opening round of the playoffs to be played in Dallas. It is the first time they will do so since the 2011 season.
With the victory against the Blazers, the Mavs accumulate 51 wins and continue hot on the heels of the Golden State Warriors to try to take over third place in the Western Conference.
Stephen Curry’s team also has 51 wins and 29 losses, one less than the Mavs. The Warriors still have two games to play, on Saturday against the San Antonio Spurs and on Sunday against Willy Hernangmez’s New Orleans Pelicans.
Doncic was the top scorer of the game and got a double double with 39 points, 11 rebounds and 7 assists. On compaero Dwight Powell added 18 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists. The superiority of the Mavs allowed the giant Boban Marjanovic, 2.24 meters tall, to play the entire fourth quarter, scoring 8 points and 6 rebounds.
The best of the Trail Blazers was pvot Drew Eubanks, who scored 18 points and 7 rebounds.
The ordeal of the Blazers
On Friday night, the Mavs complied without problems against a Blazers that since the All Star game is the worst team in the league, with only 2 wins and 19 losses. In comparison, in the same period, the Mavs have become the third best team, behind only the Boston Celtics and the Milwaukee Bucks, with 15 wins and 6 losses.
The Blazers showed up at the American Airlines Center in Dallas without Damian Lillard (hamstring), Joe Ingles (left knee), Eric Bledsoe (left Achilles tendon), Jusuf Nurkic (left foot), Justin Winslow (left leg), Anfernee Simons (left knee), Nassir Little and Trendon Watford.
From the start of the game, the Mavs didn’t give the Blazers a chance. In the first minutes Doncic and Dwight Powell gave a recital of rapport, facilitated by the poor defense of the Portland starting lineup, made up of Brandon Williams, Keon Johnson, Drew Eubanks, Greg Brown III and CJ Elleby.
Doncic supplied Powell with balls in the paint and the Mavericks pvot took the opportunity to crush the Blazers rim, including a spectacular alley-oop that he executed from behind.
In the first quarter, Powell scored 11 points after making 5 field goals and one of two free throws. For his part, Doncic added 13 points and made one of the 4 triples he attempted.
Powell and Doncic scored two-thirds of the 36 points the Mavs scored in the first 12 minutes. For their part, the Blazers scored just 13 points, as many as Doncic.
In the second quarter, the Blazers improved their attack thanks to the help of the bench. The Portlanders had 31 points in the second quarter, one less than the Mavs, with Eubanks and Ben McLemore as the most effective, with 6 points each.
At halftime, the Mavs had increased their lead to 24 points, 68-44, with 14 points from Doncic.
In the third part, the festival of the Slovenian star arrived. Doncic, who had gone to the locker room hot after receiving a technical for protesting at the end of the second quarter, began to crush the resigned Blazers with triples.
The Slovenian scored 6 of the 7 triples he threw and added 25 points in the third quarter, as many points as the entire Blazers made in that period.
When the final 12 minutes began, the scoreboard was an overwhelming 107-69, allowing Mavs coach Jason Kidd to sit out his starting lineup and give Marjanovic 12 minutes.
But even with the Dallas bench on the floor, the Blazers choked. The Portlanders were unable to score a basket during the first 4:30 minutes of the fourth quarter. And in the entire last period they only made 9 points which left the final score at 128-78.