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Mavericks control the lead most of the way, despite 33-point night by Lillard

The Trail Blazers' downward slide continued at American Airlines Center on Tuesday night.

Rookie forward Luka Doncic scored 21 points and grabbed nine rebounds as Dallas took care of Portland 111-102, handing the Blazers their eight loss in 11 games.

Former Blazers guard Wesley Matthews added 17 points, and DeAndre Jordan contributed 12 points and 17 boards for the Mavericks, who have won eight in a row at home and nine of 11 games overall.

Damian Lillard collected 33 points, eight rebounds and eight assists, CJ McCollum scored 18 points and Al-Farouq Aminu chipped in 12 points and 13 rebounds for Portland.

The Blazers started the season with a 10-3 record. Now they are 13-11, eighth in the NBA Western Conference standings.

Portland is 3 1/2 games behind conference leaders Denver and the Los Angeles Clippers (both 16-7), but also only two games ahead of Utah (11-13), which is 14th in the West.

Dallas led the entire way after using an 11-0 run to go ahead 28-17 late in the first quarter. Jordan and Matthews each scored 11 points for Dallas as it marched to a 60-45 lead at the half.

The Mavs, who led 87-73 after three quarters, scored the first five points of the fourth quarter to go in front 92-73.

The Blazers fought back to draw within 105-99 when Lillard tipped in his own miss with 1:25 to go.

But Doncic delivered a 3-pointer to give Dallas a 108-99 lead with 58.7 seconds to play.

Dennis Smith's dunk seconds latter wrapped it up for the Mavs.

Portland returns home to play Phoenix at 7 p.m. Thursday at Moda Center.

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