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Mavericks Beat Trailblazers Behind Nowitzki's 21 Points

Dallas, TX (Sports Network) – Dirk Nowitzki scored 12 of his 21 points in the fourth quarter and hit a series of big shots down the stretch to help Dallas pull out a 103-98 victory over Portland.

The Mavericks led by as many as 17, but needed a late push to rebound from Monday’s loss to Milwaukee. That setback snapped a 12-game win streak, and Wednesday’s victory improved Dallas’ record to 20-5.

Caron Butler scored 23 points to lead the Mavericks, who made 20-of-21 free throws and shot 54 percent.

LaMarcus Aldridge netted a season-high 35 points to go with 10 rebounds, but it wasn’t enough to prevent Portland from losing a third consecutive game.

Photographs by jamesbrandon, jdtornow, phlezk, flygraphix, mcdlttx, tomasland, and literalbarrage used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.