Lillard has 32 and Blazers beat Mavs 136-119 to end skid

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – Damian Lillard had 36 points and 10 assists and the Portland Trail Blazers snapped a five-game losing streak with a 136-119 victory over the Dallas Mavericks on Saturday night.

Jusuf Nurkic added 22 points and 11 rebounds for the Blazers, who meet the Mavericks again on Sunday night.

Spencer Dinwiddie led Dallas with 25 points. Luka Doncic was held to a season-low 15 points before Mavericks coach Jason Kidd pulled him with seven minutes left.

Portland led by as many as 20 points at the beginning of the second half and entered the fourth quarter with a 106-90 lead. Nurkic’s dunk gave the Blazers a 116-94 lead at the 9:59 mark.

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Doncic and Lillard had a heated exchange before Lillard scored to give the Blazers a 122-102 lead. Tim Hardaway Jr. he left the field a little early and limped to the locker room with what appeared to be an injury to his left ankle.

Lillard started but was listed as questionable after rolling his ankle early in Portland’s 119-113 loss to the Cavaliers on Thursday. Lillard went out and scored 11 points in the first quarter against the Mavs.


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