The Dallas Mavericks blew back-to-back double-digit second-quarter leads, but came away with two of their more impressive wins of the year against the Portland Trail Blazers and East-leading Indiana Pacers.
The Mavericks were up 42-12 in the second quarter before erasing a seven-point fourth-quarter deficit, ending the game on an 11-0 run, and defeating the Blazers 103-98 on March 7.
Dirk Nowitzki scored 22 points, grabbed five boards and dished out six dimes while Jose Calderon added 19, 15 in the opening quarter. LaMarcus Aldridge finished with a game-high 30 points and 17 rebounds.
Dallas found itself down 98-92 before scoring the final 11 points and holding the Blazers without a point in the final 4:26.
Two days later and once again, the Mavs had a healthy lead, up 35-18 in the second before trailing 55-50 in the third and ultimately regaining the lead for good at 58-57 in their 105-94 home victory over the Pacers on March 9.
Nowitzki struggled with his shot, finishing 3-of-14 for 14 points. Monta Ellis and Devin Harris led six players in double figures with 20 points.
Paul George led Indiana with 27 points and 11 rebounds. Lance Stephenson added 21 points, but scored just three points in the second half.
The Mavericks swept the season series with the Pacers, 2-0. Dallas won at Indiana on Feb. 12, 81-73.
Dallas also won the season series with Portland, 2-1. The Mavericks won in Portland 108-106 after Ellis hit the buzzer beater on Dec. 7 and lost at home on Jan 18. 127-111. The Mavs are 4.5 games back of the Blazers for 5th in the West.
Dallas is two games back of the Golden State Warriors and one game ahead of the Memphis Grizzlies for 7th.
The Mavericks hope to keep their high as they go into ORACLE Arena on March 11 to face the streaking Warriors at 10:30 p.m. ET.
Golden State won its fourth straight after defeating the Phoenix Suns 113-107 on March 9. The Warriors outscored the Suns 38-17 in the third quarter before hanging on for the victory.
Both teams have won at home this season against the other.
Dallas was up as much as 17 in the fourth quarter, but hung on despite Stephen Curry’s 29 points in a 103-99 win on Nov. 27. Nowitzki and Ellis led six players in double figures with 21 points a piece.
Golden State erased an 18-point deficit as Curry scored 16 of his 33 points in the final frame including the game-winning jumper with 1.5 seconds left as the Warriors won 95-93 on Dec. 11.