Originally written on NorthWest Sports Beat  |  Last updated 11/17/14
Blazers fall to Mavs Coming off a road victory at Minnesota in their first game of a six-game road stretch, the Portland Trail Blazers (25-24)were starting to establish a little bit of that momentum that they have previously lost last month. Though the game was much closer than it should have been, the Blazers found a way to escape any let-down away from Portland as they held off a Timberwolves team that fought its way back into the game. When Portland took the court against the Dallas Mavericks on Wednesday night, there were plenty of similarities between this contest and their game in Minnesota. The Blazers established a lead, could not find a way to continue building that lead in the second half, LaMarcus Aldridge had a monster game, and Nicolas Batum was still missing. Portland couldn’t duplicate an impressive first-half effort as they fell to the Dallas Mavericks. (Photo: Tony Gutierrez/AP) Unfortunately for the Blazers and their fans, Portland could not find a way to squeak out a victory in this one as they fell to the Mavericks 105-99. The loss was all the more disappointing because of the fact that the Blazers once again were far outplayed in the second half and could not put anything together that would suffice as decent basketball. The victory over the Blazers marked Rick Carlisle’s 500th win as a head coach, a more than commendable achievement. He is the 28th coach in NBA history to reach that mark. To bring attention back to the Blazers, here’s the love ‘em and hate ‘em from last night’s loss. Love ‘Em Aldridge Continues to Streak Aldridge once again had another big night for the Blazers, putting up 27 points while giving them big momentum swings throughout the first and second halves. As I have mentioned recently, Aldridge is quickly becoming one of the biggest names in the league, something Portland fans more than appreciate as it brings some much-needed publicity to a basketball team that is sometimes shrouded by other teams on the West Coast. LaMarcus is currently one of the only consistent producers for the Blazers along with Wesley Matthews. Good Start Though the Blazers would eventually lose on Wednesday night, the fast start they got out to was promising against Dallas. The Blazers put up 61 points in the first half, impressive numbers by any means. If they could repeat these efforts in the second halves of games, Portland would be a no doubt playoff team. Hate ‘Em Poor Second Half The problem with Portland in their last two games is that they have had terrible second halves. As mentioned above, the Blazers are able to get going in games very quickly. The only problem with that, however, is that they seem to drain every ounce of energy they have while allowing other teams to get back into games. Last night was just another example of a disappointing finish as the Blazers could only put up 38 points in the second half. Nothing Without Aldridge As was evident last night when Aldridge was on the bench, Portland is not good. Dallas used moments when LaMarcus was given a rest to climb back into the game. If the Blazers want to see Aldridge performing his best towards the end of the season while making a playoff push, other players will need to step up when he takes a seat on the bench. Batum still missing Will somebody please find Nicolas Batum and tell him that the Blazers need him? CLICK HERE CHECK OUT OUR TRAIL BLAZERS BLOG AT THE NWSB!
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Bill Walton has some words of advice for Derrick Rose

Five under-the-radar National Player of the Year candidates

Report: NFL to appeal Adrian Peterson ruling

Dez Bryant's mother in 2012: Dez threatened to knock me out

Full offseason breakdown for all 32 NFL teams

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Brandon Bostick received death threats after botched play

Report: Judge rules against Adrian Peterson suspension

Ex-Louisville player charged with rape, sodomy

Hank Aaron 'rooting' for Alex Rodriguez to succeed in return

WATCH: Kevin Garnett welcomed home by Minnesota

Vandy PG has strong words for rival Tennessee

HBO picks up Dwayne Johnson’s pro football series, ‘Ballers’

The key offseason moves for every MLB team

Giancarlo Stanton gets first-ever customized facemask

Ronda Rousey, Arianny Celeste have verbal sparring match

Dallas sportscaster back with another powerful essay

The many parallels of Derrick Rose and Penny Hardaway

Ex-homeless Baylor RB admits he broke rules

Why the Lions should let Ndamukong Suh walk

Schilling goes after guys on Twitter for hitting on daughter

Brad Stevens comments on Rondo benching

Gronk tweets he does not have a girlfriend despite rumor

Craig Sager will return to TNT job in March

NBA News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Five-round NFL Mock Draft

Key offseason moves for every MLB team

Bostick received death threats after botched play

Rousey, Arianny Celeste get into it

Dallas sportscaster back with another powerful essay

The parallels of Rose and Hardaway

Offseason breakdown for all 32 NFL teams

On Josh Hamilton's addiction and feeling alone

Judge rules against AP's suspension

Why the Lions should let Suh walk

Chris Jones charged with rape, sodomy

Bryant involved in 2011 Walmart incident?

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.