DALLAS (AP) — O.J. Mayo scored 28 points, Vince Carter hit a critical jumper in the final minute and the Dallas Mavericks beat the Portland Trail Blazers 105-99 on Wednesday night for coach Rick Carlisle’s 500th career victory.
Mayo had 20 in the first half and was mostly quiet before getting two important baskets with Portland trying to rally late in the fourth quarter.
Carter put Dallas ahead 99-94 with a jumper just inside the 3-point line with the shot clock winding down.
LaMarcus Aldridge had 27 points and 10 rebounds a week after he beat the Mavericks at the buzzer in Portland.