Portland, OR (Sports Network) - LaMarcus Aldridge finished with 20 points, 10 rebounds and five assists, as the Portland Trail Blazers continued their playoff push with a 101-89 victory over the Dallas Mavericks.
Andre Miller had 19 points and 10 assists for the Blazers, while Marcus Camby added 17 points and 11 boards. Brandon Roy contributed 16 points and seven assists for Portland, which rebounded from Sunday's loss at Phoenix to win for the sixth time in its last seven games.
The victory kept the Blazers, who entered Thursday's contest in the eighth position in the Western Conference, in the thick of the playoff hunt. Additionally, it pulled them into a virtual tie with San Antonio for the seventh spot in the West, and within a game of Oklahoma City for sixth.
"It was important," Roy said. "It's just important to win right now, but it feels good that you can beat a team that's second or third in the Western Conference. This was a huge win for us."
Caron Butler had 25 points and nine rebounds to pace the Southwest Division- leading Mavericks, who are still four games ahead of the second-place Spurs. Shawn Marion and Dirk Nowitzki each added 15 points in the loss.
"They did a good job of jamming and stopping us early and keeping the pace of the game, which you've got to give them credit for that," Marion said.
It was a tight game to begin the fourth quarter, and Marion's layup a little more than two minutes in had the Mavericks within 82-80. But Portland got some critical separation by following with an 11-2 run.
Rudy Fernandez connected on a three before Miller hit a jumper to end the rally, giving the Blazers a 93-82 advantage with six minutes to play. It was essentially a game-clinching run for Portland, as Dallas, which shot just 4- of-17 in the fourth quarter, struggled to make shots down the stretch.
Portland held a number of leads throughout the game, but could never gain complete control, as Dallas found a way to get back in the contest.
After Camby poured in five straight points to put the Blazers ahead 25-16 with four minutes left in the first quarter, the Mavericks scored the next seven and were down 32-27 entering the second.
Then, with 1:34 left in the half, Roy sank a jumper that ended an eight-point Portland burst for a 55-46 advantage. However, Butler scored the game's next five points, and Dallas was down 60-54 at the break.
After the Mavs opened the third with baskets from Marion, Nowitzki and Butler to even the contest, Portland once again stretched out its lead. A 12-0 run, capped by two Camby buckets, had the Blazers ahead 72-60.
But once again, Dallas got back into the contest, countering with a seven- point run, and the visitors trailed by five, 80-75, moving to the fourth.
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