The Portland Trail Blazers took down the Dallas Mavericks, 126-118, at Moda Center on Wednesday.
The Trail Blazers (44-27) set the tone early with a 13-0 run in the first quarter to take a double-digit lead. Dallas (28-43) rallied back in the second to take the lead after a series of buckets by rookie guard Luka Doncic. However, Portland was able to regain control by the end of the first half, entering the break with a 13-point advantage. It was smooth sailing for the Trail Blazers from there, as the team shot 50 percent from the field and knocked down 16 three-pointers on the night.
Damian Lillard led the way with 33 points and 12 assists for the Blazers. The big night comes on the heels of a season-high 15-assist performance against Indiana earlier in the week. Portland also capitalized on strong bench play from Seth Curry, who poured in 20 points to head up the second unit. The win marked Portland's fifth in its last six games.
Doncic was Dallas's leading scorer with 24 points. He shot an efficient 8-of-16 from the floor and 7-of-7 at the free-throw line. Justin Jackson also impressed for the Mavs, finishing with 21 points off the bench. Neither performance was enough, though, as the Mavericks were sunk by their middling 33.3 percent three-point shooting night.
The Mavericks will visit Sacramento on Thursday, while Portland will remain at home to take on the Detroit Pistons on Saturday.