Blazers Look Bad, Mavs win 111-102

Dallas Mavericks forward Luka Doncic (77) attempts a shot over Portland Trail Blazers center Jusuf Nurkic (27) as Portland Trail Blazers Al-Farouq Aminu (8) and Maurice Harkless (4) look on during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2018, in Dallas. (AP Photo/Ron Jenkins)

Portland continued their recent defensive struggles tonight against Dallas. The Blazers were behind 10-plus for most of the game and eventually lost to the Mavs, 111-102.

With the loss, Portland has now lost eight of their last 11 games.

Portland was irritated with the referees on multiple occasions, but the officiating was not the sole reason the Blazers lost this game. Portland was called for 29 fouls whereas Dallas only committed 19 fouls. The Blazers shot 12 fewer free throw attempts(!) than Dallas. Portland hit 19-of-23 from the line while Dallas shot 24-of-35 from the charity stripe.

Another awful night from three didn’t help either, seven-of-24 from beyond the arc for Portland, and Dallas made them pay as the Mavs shot 11-of-30 from deep.

Damian Lillard was the only Blazer with 20-plus points, finishing with 33 for Portland. C.J. McCollum finished with 18 points, Al-Farouq Aminu with 12 points and Evan Turner had 13 points off the bench. In contrast, the entire Mavericks starting lineup had at least 10 points with rookie Luka Doncic led Dallas with 21 points.

Next up for the Blazers is Thursday in the Moda Center against Phoenix.

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