With an 8-3 record in their last 11 games, the Mavs find themselves back in the Western Conference playoff race dprice@star-telegram.com
With an 8-3 record in their last 11 games, the Mavs find themselves back in the Western Conference playoff race dprice@star-telegram.com

Dallas Mavericks

Yogi scores 32, including late clutch 3, as Mavericks win in Portland

Star-Telegram

February 03, 2017 11:05 PM

PORTLAND, Ore.

Rookie guard Yogi Ferrell hit a clutch 3-pointer with 19 seconds left and scored a game-high 32 points as the Dallas Mavericks held off the Portland Trail Blazers 108-104 Friday night.

Ferrell hit 11 of 17 shots, including a remarkable 9 of 11 from 3-point range, for his career high in his fourth game since signing with the Mavericks on a 10-day contract. He had 22 points by halftime, shattering his previous career-high of 17. Ferrell has scored 71 points so far this week.

The victory was the Mavericks’ fourth in a row, their season-best winning streak.

Wesley Matthews had a season-high 27 points and hit two free throws with 14 seconds remaining to give the Mavericks a three-point lead, 107-104.

Portland had two 3-point attempts in the final seconds before Dallas’ Dorian Finney-Smith got the rebound and was fouled. Finney-Smith hit 1 of 2 free throws for the final margin.

Dallas led by as many as 22 points early before Portland rallied to within one. That’s when Ferrell hit his last long-range shot to give the Mavs a cushion.

Seth Curry had 19 points for the 10th-place Mavs, who are 2  1/2 games back of the eighth-place Denver Nuggets for the final playoff spot in the Western Conference. The Mavericks play at Denver on Monday night.

CJ McCollum scored 28 points, including buzzer-beaters at the end of the second and third quarters, to lead the Trail Blazers. Evan Turner added 24 points.

After a 4-17 start to the season, the Mavericks are well within striking distance for the eighth seed after winning eight of their last 11 games, a surge that began with Curry’s insertion in the starting lineup.

“It’s great that we’ve put ourselves in a position for these games to be meaningful,” Carlisle said.

Mavericks guard Devin Harris was sidelined for the game with an illness. The Mavericks were also without guards Deron Williams and J.J. Barea and center Andrew Bogut because of injuries.

Dallas

35

25

24

24

108

Portland

22

25

29

28

104

Dallas

Min

FG-A

FT-A

R

A

F

Pt

Barnes

37:37

6-14

0-0

7

2

1

13

Nowitzki

32:26

3-9

0-0

5

2

1

9

Curry

29:23

7-12

4-4

3

2

5

19

Ferrell

39:04

11-17

1-2

2

5

4

32

Matthews

40:11

8-17

8-9

6

3

3

27

Finney-Smith

32:45

0-5

1-2

5

1

4

1

Mejri

17:35

0-0

4-4

5

0

3

4

Powell

8:04

1-1

1-2

2

0

3

3

Anderson

2:55

0-1

0-0

1

0

0

0

Totals

240

36-76

19-23

36

15

24

108

Percentages: FG .474, FT .826. 3-Point Goals: 17-31, .548 (Ferrell 9-11, Nowitzki 3-5, Matthews 3-6, Barnes 1-3, Curry 1-3, Anderson 0-1, Finney-Smith 0-2). Team Rebounds: 7. Team Turnovers: 4 (13 PTS). Blocked Shots: 4 (Mejri 3, Finney-Smith). Turnovers: 4 (Ferrell 2, Matthews 2). Steals: 3 (Barnes, Finney-Smith, Powell).

Portland

Min

FG-A

FT-A

R

A

F

Pt

Plumlee

31:13

4-7

1-2

9

0

2

9

Vonleh

7:17

2-3

0-2

3

0

0

4

Lillard

37:58

4-20

4-5

9

6

3

13

McCollum

35:28

11-20

4-4

7

6

5

28

Turner

31:34

10-17

3-3

4

3

0

24

Aminu

37:15

5-10

0-0

8

1

1

14

Crabbe

23:04

1-4

2-2

0

0

5

5

Harkless

19:54

1-5

0-0

2

0

1

2

Davis

16:17

2-2

1-2

2

0

2

5

Totals

240

40-88

15-20

44

16

19

104

Percentages: FG .455, FT .750. 3-Point Goals: 9-30, .300 (Aminu 4-8, McCollum 2-7, Crabbe 1-1, Turner 1-4, Lillard 1-8, Harkless 0-2). Team Rebounds: 10. Team Turnovers: 9 (7 PTS). Blocked Shots: 4 (Harkless, Lillard, McCollum, Plumlee). Turnovers: 9 (Turner 3, Lillard 2, McCollum 2, Harkless, Plumlee). Steals: 3 (Crabbe, Plumlee, Turner). Att.—19,393 (19,980). T—2:19.

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