Wesley Matthews led the Dallas Mavericks at the Moda Center on Tuesday night against Portland Trail Blazers. Dallas lost 112-98 to Sacramento Kings on Monday night and was looking forward to bounce back. The Mavs finally won the game 115-112 in OT following a tie at the end of the fourth quarter.
At the end of the first quarter: Dallas Mavericks led 27-18.
Matthews, once a darling of the Blazers fans, played the past five seasons for Portland. For the first time, Matthews is featuring at Portland after signing a $70 million, four-year deal with the Mavs as free agent. For the Mavs, he is averaging 11.1 points and 2.5 rebounds in 16 games. He shot 34 percent from the field and 31 percent from the three-point range.
Blazers bounced back in the second quarter sharply to outscore opponents 34-23.
At half time: Blazers led 52-50.
Big man Chris Kaman had a right ankle injury. Point guard J.J. Barea was ruled out of the game due to injury for Mavs. The Blazers were 7-11 going into this game and relied on guard Damian Lillard, who never missed a game in his career. This was his 264th game in a row.
The game was evenly poised in third quarter. The Mavs edged past slightly ahead to finish 24-21 lead in that phase.
At The End of Third Quarter: Mavs again regain lead, 72-71.
It turned out to be a cracker of a game in the final quarter. Blazers finished one point ahead to tie 96-96.
At the End Of Fourth Quarter: Scores tied 96-96.
Mavs finally pulled off a win in the overtime by edging past the hosts 115-112.