Originally written January 30, 2013 on Pro Sports Daily:
PORTLAND -- Even before LaMarcus Aldridge’s 18-foot turnaround baseline jumper went through the net to give Portland a 106-104 victory over Dallas Tuesday night at the Rose Garden, teammate Nicolas Batum was racing across the court, his hands raised in jubilation. “He said he had a lot of faith in me,” Aldridge said, laughing. “That’s good, because I didn’t know yet. I was waiting for it to go in.” Aldridge’s basket capped an epic comeback as the Trail Blazers (23-22) rallied from a deficit of 21 points in the third quarter and seven points with two minutes to play. Aldridge scored 29 points and grabbed 13 rebounds for Portland, which won for the third time in four games after losing six in a row. J.J. Hickson added a season-high 26 points and hauled in 15 boards for the Blazers. Dirk Nowitzki scored a season-high 26 points for the Mavericks (19-26). “I can’t get tired of appreciating what our team does as far as competing and never giving up,” said coach Terry Stotts, who...
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