Aldridge buzzer beater tops Mavs 106-104

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PORTLAND, OR - JANUARY 29: LaMarcus Aldridge #12 of the Portland Trail Blazers, who has made the game-winning shot, is being congratulated by teammates as they celebrate their win during the game against the Dallas Mavericks on January 29, 2013 at the Rose Garden Arena in Portland, Oregon. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2013 NBAE (Photo by Sam Forencich/NBAE via Getty Images)

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by Associated Press

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Posted on January 30, 2013 at 6:14 AM

Updated Wednesday, Jan 30 at 9:00 AM

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- LaMarcus Aldridge hit a turnaround jumper at the final buzzer and the Portland Trail Blazers came back from a 21-point third-quarter deficit to beat the Dallas Mavericks 106-104 on Tuesday night.

Aldridge finished with 29 points and 13 rebounds for Portland, which trailed 101-94 with 2:18 left. J.J. Hickson had a season-high 26 points and 15 rebounds. After Wesley Matthews made two free throws to pull the Blazers to 101-98 with 52 seconds to go, Nicolas Batum's 3-pointer tied the score.

Dirk Nowitzki answered with his own 3 with before Aldridge had a 3 to tie it at 104 with 4.9 seconds left. O.J. Mayo was called for charging with 1.5 seconds to go, and Aldridge hit his jumper after the inbound from Matthews with 0.2 seconds left for the victory.

In a first half marked by lackluster defense on both sides, Nowitzki's long jumper put Dallas up 37-28. Nowitzki, who missed the Mavericks' first 27 games after surgery on his right knee, hit another jumper that extended the lead to 47-36.

Darren Collison scored 10 straight points and Dallas closed out the first half with 19-6 run to take a 59-42 lead. Portland struggled with its 3-point shot, shooting 2 for 12 in the first half. Mayo's step back jumper pushed Dallas' lead to 69-48 after the break.

Batum, who had two triple-doubles last week for the Blazers, didn't hit from the field until a 3-pointer with 4:43 left in the third quarter that made it 74-58. Luke Babbitt hit a 3-pointer and Aldridge made a short jumper to narrow it, and Portland pulled closer to 78-72 after Aldridge and rookie Damian Lillard each hit free throws.

Portland finished the third on a 16-4 run to get within 74-80 to start the final period. Batum's driving layup cut Dallas' lead to 86-83 with 8:20 left. After Vince Carter made two free throws for the Mavs, Ronnie Price hit a 3-pointer and Sasha Pavlovic dunked to tie it up at 88.

NOTES: Portland had 38 points in the third quarter, a season high.

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