The Mavericks held on to a slim lead through most of last night's contest with the Magic, capitalizing on Orlando's sudden inability to hit three-pointers to prevail 111-108. Dirk Nowitzki notched 31 points and 11 boards for Dallas, while Hedo Turkoglu led the Magic with 26 points, the Orlando Sentinel reports. Meanwhile, in Portland:
The Blazers again played far above their experience level, holding New Orleans' Chris Paul to 11 points and leaving him clutching his head in shock. The 88-76 victory is Portland's eighth straight, and came largely thanks to Branon Roy's 24 points and eight assists. Finally above .500, the Trail Blazers have five home games coming up.