In light of all the wacky games and moments the Trail Blazers have given us this season, it’s anybody’s guess what might happen tonight when they visit the Dallas Mavericks.
But odds are pretty high the game will be close — one-possession close, in fact.
Six of the last eight regular-season meetings between the Blazers and Mavericks have been decided by three points or less. And there was a pretty memorable playoff game, too.
For whatever reason, when these teams play, they deliver quality entertainment.
Fifty-two point outbursts. Buzzer-beaters. Thrilling, even historic, comebacks. We’ve seen it all from these teams in recent years. So today we take a quick peek at the past and remember four of the more memorable meetings between the Blazers and Mavericks in recent seasons:
April 23, 2011 — Brandon Roy directs historic playoff comeback
An excerpt from my game story:
With a you-had-to-be-there-to-believe-it game from Roy, a colossal meltdown by the Dallas Mavericks and a fourth quarter for the ages, the Blazers eked out an 84-82 victory Saturday in Game 4 of their first-round Western Conference playoff series.
After sleepwalking through the better part of three quarters, the Blazers awoke just in time to outscore the Mavericks 35-15 in the fourth, overcoming an 18-point deficit in the final quarter to even the best-of-seven series at 2-2. Game 5 is Monday night at American Airlines Center in Dallas.
“We got this game,” Batum said. “I don’t know how we got this game, but we got it.”
It was the largest fourth-quarter playoff comeback in franchise history for the Blazers, who became the third team in the shot clock era to win a playoff game when trailing by at least 18 points in the fourth quarter. And most of the credit goes to Roy, who, as Marcus Camby put it, “pretty much single-handedly won the ballgame for us in the fourth quarter.”
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