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Doncic’s triple-double is too much for Blazers in loss to Dallas

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DALLAS — Luka Doncic had 42 points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists for his third triple-double of the season and the Dallas Mavericks beat the Portland Trail Blazers 117-112 on Saturday night.

Spencer Dinwiddie scored 20 points, including three 3-pointers in the final 2 1/2 minutes. The first tied the score at 106 with 2:35 to play. His next layup, with 1:52 left, put the Mavericks ahead for good.

Christian Wood had 19 points off the bench after missing Dallas’ previous two games with a sprained knee.

Jeremy Grant scored a season-high 37 points for the Trail Blazers, who finished their six-game road trip 4-2 and remain one game behind first-place Utah in the Western Conference. Damian Lillard had 29 points and 12 assists, while Anfernee Simons added 24 points.

Doncic scored 30 or more points for the 10th time in 12 games after going in the 20s in Dallas’ previous two games, losses to Orlando and Washington.

“He had 42, a triple-double — I mean, it’s just a little walk,” Mavericks coach Jason Kidd said of his 23-year-old superstar.

Dinwiddie was 6 of 8 from beyond the arc after posting his season-highs of 29 at Orlando and 33 at Washington.

“They trapped Luke. He makes the right read, the right pass,” Dinwiddie said of his late flurry. “We were just rocking and rocking then and it just found me.”

Portland played its third straight game without Jusuf Nurkic, the NBA’s seventh-leading rebounder, who is out with a strained right hamstring.

The Blazers scored the first seven points of the game thanks to the first four rebounds and led 23-20 with 4:23 left in the first period. Wood, who has been playing the most minutes at center but has not been a starter, then went on the court for the first time and scored 10 points as the Mavericks went on a 15-2 run to take a 35-25 lead into the quarter.

Dallas led 49-33 midway through the second quarter after two 3-pointers by Tim Hardaway Jr. and another by Dinwiddie. The Blazers cut it to 59-57 at the half.

IT’S ALL IN YOUR HEAD

Blazers coach Chauncey Billups wasn’t worried his players lacked focus in the finale of a long road trip.

“It’s still a basketball game,” Billups said. “Yes, we are very happy to go home, but whether you win the game or lose, we will go home at the same time today.”

WORKING WAY BACK

Hardaway had a team-high plus-23 with 16 points. He has played in all but one game this season after missing the second half of last season with a broken foot.

“I think I’m just so excited to get back out there,” Hardaway said. “My boys feed me a stone. They tell me to shoot the ball when I’m open. No hesitation.”

TIPS

Blazers: Justise Winslow, who started four of the previous five games, is out with a sprained ankle. … Shaedon Sharp returned to the lineup after missing one game with a broken finger and scored five points in 19 minutes.

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