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Mavs Ellis sink Blazers at buzzer

first_imgPORTLAND — Monta Ellis’ one-legged jumper at the buzzer spoiled a late-game comeback by the Portland Trail Blazers to give the Dallas Mavericks a 108-106 win at the Moda Center on Saturday. After a 32-point snoozer Friday against the Utah Jazz, the Blazers were locked in a battle of offensive firepower with the Mavericks. The Blazers struggled to shoot for most of the game after setting an NBA record for three-point percentage Friday against the Jazz. The Blazers shot 9-of-30 from three, good for 30 percent. Making matters worse for the home team was that the Mavericks feasted in the paint, scoring 54 points. “We tried some different coverages just to try to slow down Dirk (Nowitzki),” Damian Lillard said. “There was a few miscommunications out there but we stuck with it and we had a chance to win the game at the end.“They just hit a good shot.”Ellis’ shot ruined what would have been a spectacular Blazers comeback in the final 45 seconds of the game. The Blazers were down by six but were able to get a stop and force a turnover to give themselves a chance. The Mavericks led for most of the game and the Blazers had to dig deep many times but it seemed each time the veteran Mavs had an answer.last_img read more

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