Dirk Nowitzki had his best game of the season against the Portland Trail Blazers Tuesday night. Unfortunately, LaMarcus Aldridge snatched victory away from him with a buzzer-beating turn-around jumper to give Portland the win over the Dallas Mavericks, 106-104.
That's a killer. Dirk Nowitzki steps up with his biggest game of season (26 points) but LaMarcus Aldridge (29) snatches it away.— Art Garcia (@ArtGarcia92) January 30, 2013
The Blazers came back from a 21-point third-quarter deficit, and the final 30 seconds of the contest devolved into an absolute ridiculous back-and-forth of bone-shatteringly thrilling basketball.
Nicolas Batum drained a three-pointer to tie the game at 101, but Dirk went and hit what seemed to be a dagger of a three-pointer on the other end.
Then came LaMacrus Aldridge's time to shine.
LaMarcus Aldridge's first 3 of the season with 4.9 secs left delivers 104-104 tie. Mavs have 4.5 secs to steal a win.— Joe Freeman (@BlazerFreeman) January 30, 2013
The long-ball from Aldridge was not only his first three-pointer of the season, but just the 20th three of his career.
Then came the buzzer-beater to seal the deal.
LAMARCUS ALDRIDGE TURNAROUND BUZZER BEATER FOR THE WIN!!!!— Dime Smash! (@DimeSmash) January 30, 2013
Aldridge's three-pointer was the first he had hit since April 9th, 2012. Just three days prior to that particular game, he knocked down a buzzer beater against, you guessed it, the Dallas Mavericks.
LaMarcus Aldridge has now hit buzzer-beating daggers to beat his hometown Mavs at home and on the road.— Tim MacMahon (@espn_macmahon) January 30, 2013
Portland has been on a wild tear this season playing in close games like these. They've been in six overtime games thus far, along with 12 games decided by three points or less.