#UK Matthews returns and Mavs defeat Trail Blazers 115-112 in OT

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Dallas Mavericks guard Deron Williams, left, dribbles past Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard, right, during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Portland, Ore., Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2015. (AP Photo/Craig Mitchelldyer)

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Deron Williams had a season-high 30 points and the Mavericks defeated the Trail Blazers 115-112 in overtime Tuesday night in Wesley Matthews’ first trip back to Portland since signing with Dallas as a free agent.

Dirk Nowitzki added 28 points and Matthews finished with 18 points in his return as the Mavs snapped a four-game losing streak on the road.

Matthews hit consecutive 3-pointers to pull the Mavericks to 89-85 as Dallas closed in on Portland in regulation. Nowitzki’s 3-pointer narrowed it to 96-94 before his tip shot tied it, and Damian Lillard missed a 3 at the buzzer to send the game into overtime.

The Mavs outscored the Blazers 9-3 to open the extra period, taking a 103-99 lead on Nowitzki’s long jumper with 1:20 left. Lillard’s layup got Portland to 108-103, but ultimately the Blazers couldn’t catch up.

Lillard finished with 25 points, 10 assists and eight rebounds. Meyers Leonard had 23 points and Portland’s bench outscored the Dallas reserves 73-16

Both teams were playing the second game of a back-to-back. Portland lost 102-87 at the Los Angeles Clippers on Monday night, and the Mavericks were beaten 112-98 in Sacramento.

Matthews was a fan favorite during his five years in Portland and was rewarded with a standing ovation from the crowd when he was introduced before the game.

Last spring, the Blazers were in the midst of a five-game winning streak on the way to the playoffs when Matthews tore his Achilles during a game against the Mavericks.

Portland went on to lose to Memphis in the first round, and four starters from that team — Matthews, Nicolas Batum, Robin Lopez and LaMarcus Aldridge — all left in the offseason. A free agent, Matthews signed a four-year, $70 million deal with the Mavericks.

Lillard is the only starter remaining with the Blazers, who got off to a slow start on Tuesday, falling behind 20-5 in the opening quarter. Lillard played only about 16 minutes on Monday night against the Clippers because of a stomach virus.

Matthews’ 3-pointer stretched the Mavericks’ lead to 27-18 at the end of the opening quarter. Portland responded with a 9-2 run to close to 29-27 in the second, but couldn’t sustain the rally and Dallas went up 44-32 on Charlie Villanueva’s 3-pointer.

The Blazers came back again to tie it at 48 on CJ McCollum’s 3-pointer, and Portland finally pulled ahead on Gerald Henderson’s corner 3 to beat the buzzer.

Portland stretched the lead to 63-52 on Leonard’s short jumper, but Nowitzki hit a jumper that gave Dallas a 74-71 lead as the third quarter drew to a close.

Portland took an 87-79 lead on Lillard’s left-handed layup with 6:17 left.

TIP-INS

Mavericks: Zaza Pachulia has 12 double-doubles this season. … Dallas was without J.J. Barea for a third game because of a sprained right ankle. … It was the first overtime game of the season for the Mavs.

Trail Blazers: NBA Commissioner Adam Silver attended the game. … Allen Crabbe has made a 3-pointer in 10 straight games, the longest such streak for a Blazers player this season.

UP NEXT

The Mavericks host Houston on Friday.

The Trail Blazers host Indiana on Thursday.

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