Trans. Mar 10 3:08 ET (Mar 10 3:08 ET ) Rockets guard Pat Beverley and his Portland counterpart Damian Lillard were a matched set during Sunday's game, with Lillard unable to escape Beverley's suffocating defense. The play between the two got heated with one confrontation on the court where Beverley took off the face mask he wears to get closer to Lillard. Eventually, Lillard fouled out after he was called for an offensive foul against Beverley in overtime of the Rockets 118-113 win. After the game Lillard didn't hide his dissatisfaction with Beverley and his style of play in an interview with CSN Northwest.
Dirk Nowitzki scored 22 points, Devin Harris hit the go-ahead shot in the final minute and the Dallas Mavericks rallied in the fourth quarter after blowing a 30-point to beat the Portland Trail Blazers 103-98 Friday night. LaMarcus Aldridge finished with 20 for Portland, including 18 in the third quarter when the Blazers went in front for the first time at 69-67 after trailing 44-14 early in the second quarter. He dribbled the length of the floor and hit a leaning shot on the baseline and was fouled by Damian Lillard.
The Atlanta Hawks struggled to make buckets, finishing 29-88 (33.0%), including 4-27 (14.8%) from three-point range, as they were pummeled by Portland Trail Blazers, 102-78. Portland (42-19) gets one in the win column after losing to Los Angeles on Monday. Mo Williams came off the bench and put up 15 points on 6-9 shooting, including 3-3 on 3-point attempts, in a strong performance. Other top performers for Portland were Nicolas Batum with 14 points and 18 rebounds, Damian Lillard with 12 points and 6 assists, and LaMarcus Aldridge with 10 points and 6 rebounds.