NBA: Andre Miller scores 52 in Portland victory over Dallas
By DAVID JIMENEZ
Associated Press Writer
DALLAS — Andre Miller scored a career-high 52 points, including 25 in the fourth quarter and overtime, and Juwan Howard hit a jumper with 44.8 seconds left to lift the Portland Trail Blazers past the Dallas Mavericks 114-112 Saturday night.
Miller was 22 of 31 from the floor and hit 7 of 8 from the foul line as the Blazers snapped a three-game losing streak.
Portland scored the final six points, including Miller’s layup that tied the game at 112. On the Blazers’ next possession, Howard connected on a 15-foot jumper that gave Portland a 114-112 lead.
Dirk Nowitzki scored 28 points, but he missed two shots in the final minute and one just before the buzzer that could have sent the game into a second overtime.
Miller fell two points shy of the Portland team record set by Damon Stoudamire. Milwaukee rookie Brandon Jennings has the most points in the NBA this season with 55 on Nov. 14.
LaMarcus Aldridge scored 21 points and Jerryd Bayless added 17 for Portland, which was playing without All-Star guard Brandon Roy for a sixth straight game because of a right hamstring injury.
Jason Terry had 18 points and Josh Howard scored 17 points off the bench for the Mavericks.
Miller hit a 3-pointer and a jumper to give Portland a 108-107 lead in overtime.
The Mavericks scored the next five points on Terry’s 3-pointer and Jason Kidd’s putback of a Nowitzki miss to go ahead 112-108 with 2:23 remaining. Dallas didn’t score the rest of the way as it missed its final four shots from the floor.
The Blazers have won two in a row in Dallas since snapping an 11-game losing streak here in December.
Portland led 73-69 after three quarters and stretched the lead to seven early in the fourth. It was tight the rest of the way as neither team had more than a two-point advantage the final 5:36 of regulation.
Miller, who scored Portland’s last nine points in regulation, floated in a hook shot over Shawn Marion to tie the game at 103 with 14.8 seconds remaining in the fourth.
Nowitzki missed a chance to win it in regulation, and Aldridge’s long jumper at the buzzer was short, sending the game into overtime.
NOTES: Blazers coach Nate McMillan said Roy will be evaluated on Monday and is day to day. ... F Eduardo Najera made his first appearance since the Mavericks acquired him from the New Jersey Nets on Jan. 11. He came into the game with 7:57 left in the second quarter and hit a 3-pointer a little over a minute later.