DALLAS, TEXAS – The Dallas Mavericks welcomed the Portland Trail Blazers while wearing their new City Edition uniforms. Dallas knew ahead of time that they would have to play better defense on the perimeter for a rematch against Portland. The Blazers (26-22) got the best of the Mavericks in a 117-108 win on Jan. 20 in Portland. The Mavericks were off to a good start, German big man Maxi Kleber started the game with a three-pointer.
The Mavericks built a 10-7 advantage after 13-time All-Star Dirk Nowitzki swished an early three-pointer. Rookie point guard Dennis Smith Jr followed with a three-pointer. Mavs took the lead, 25-17 at the end of the first quarter. The Blazers came back with an 8-0 run, trailing 37-36 with 3:53 left in the half. Center Salah Mejri ended the Blazers’ run at 9-0 with a slam dunk.
The Mavs trailed by as many as 10 before entering halftime. Opening the second half with back-to-back scores by the Blazers’. Head coach Rick Carlisle quickly call a timeout with 11:15 left in the third quarter. Harrison Barnes sent the Mavs to end the third quarter trailing 75-68. The Mavs hoped to return the favor in the fourth but fell short 107-93.
Bailey Overstreet graduated from Oklahoma State University with a BS in Sports Media and Religion. While at OSU she was the Vice-President of The National Association of Black Journalist. In the summer of 2017 she worked at the University of Tulsa in their Communication Department. Bailey has experience in reporting and producing. She is a naive from Tulsa, Oklahoma.