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Blazers 94, Mavericks 75

The Blazers moved into 3rd in the Western Conference and just 2 games behind the second-place Grizzlies with a decisive win over the Mavs. Nicolas Batum (15 points, 12 rebounds, 6 assists) and LaMarcus Aldridge (17 points, 12 boards) led the way for Portland. Box score

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A balanced burden in Portland
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Four Blazers have reached double-figures, and the Blazers lead by 13 over the Mavericks with 2:48 left. A Dallas loss leaves the Mavs just 1.5 games ahead of the Spurs in the West. Follow live

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That's Amar'e for Dallas
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The Mavericks desperately needed a spark to start the final quarter, and Amar'e Stoudemire has been the hero Dallas needs so far. He has all 6 Dallas points in the fourth -- but the Mavs trail the Blazers by 15 with 8:29 left to play. Follow live

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Blazers rolling past Mavs
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Portland has opened up its biggest lead of the game at 14 headed to the fourth quarter against the Mavericks. LaMarcus Aldridge has 17 points and 12 rebounds; Damian Lillard has chipped in 10 points. Follow live

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Gasol's guile gets Bulls a win
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E'Twaun Moore explained the call behind his game-winner against the Thunder: "The play was designed to get the ball to Pau in the post, but he just made a great basketball play and just kicked it out."

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Lillard heating up in third

Damian Lillard (10 points, 3 rebounds, 3 assists) knocked down back-to-back triples followed by a Nicolas Batum layup to give the Blazers a 52-44 lead over four minutes into the third quarter. Lillard is coming off of 1-for-13 shooting Thursday night against the Clippers. Follow live

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Wesley Matthews gets helped off. Can't put pressure on left leg/foot. Hope he didn't hurt his Achilles tendon.

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Nikola Mirotic & E'Twaun Moore scored 27 points on 8-8 shooting in the 4th quarter. The rest of the team had 9 points on 4-8 shooting.

Dunleavy's dunk fail
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It ended up not mattering in the Bulls' three-point win, but Mike Dunleavy Jr. came up WAY short on this breakaway dunk attempt late in the first half vs. the Thunder. "I was just trying to reset the shot clock. I think I accomplished that," Dunleavy said after the game.

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It's all on Aldridge in Portland

LaMarcus Aldridge is carrying the Blazers through two quarters with 15 points and 8 rebounds, and neither Portland nor Dallas is shooting better than 40% from the floor despite sporting top-10 offenses. The Blazers lead 40-36. Follow live

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No triple-double, no win for OKC
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Russell Westbrook (43 points, 8 rebounds, 7 assists) missed out on his fifth triple-double in a row, and his seventh 40-point game of the season was not enough as E'Twaun Moore's 3-pointer capped a 16-point Bulls comeback against the Thunder.

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Blazers' bench sparks a run
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Arron Afflalo has 4 quick points off the bench for Portland, and the Blazers have used an 8-2 run to tie the Mavericks at 25 early in the second quarter. Follow live

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Moore's 3-pointer lifts Bulls
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Whether it was a play drawn up by Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau or a quick decision by Pau Gasol, Gasol's assist combined with E'Twaun Moore's game-winning 3-pointer was a thing of beauty.

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