LaMarcus Aldridge has always loved playing against his hometown Dallas Mavericks.
That was the case again Tuesday night, as Aldridge helped the Portland Trail Blazers overcome a late three-point deficit to first tie the Mavericks at 104, and then win the game with a turnaround jumper from the left block as time expired.
The game-winner completed a 21-point comeback for the Blazers, who beat the Mavericks at home in stunning fashion, 106-104.
Dallas had a 17-point lead at halftime and managed to increase that lead to 21 during the third quarter, but in typical Dallas fashion this season, the second half woes continue to creep up on head coach Rick Carlisle's team.
Aldridge and J.J. Hickson both took Dallas' bigs to town, putting in a combined 55 points and 28 rebounds against a front line that was without Chris Kaman on Tuesday.
Dirk Nowitzki led Dallas with 26 points, but Aldridge made sure the Mavericks were getting on the team bus with plenty to think about.
Matched up with Brandan Wright and the score tied at 104, Aldridge used his body to shield Wright away from the inbound pass and lobbed a quick turnaround up with just 1.5 seconds remaining. The ball hit the twine as the buzzer sounded at the Rose Garden, and in the process Aldridge reminded folks why he's an All-Star again this season.
It's not the first time Aldridge has single-handedly knocked off Dallas, as Mavericks fans remember his heroics in front of his friends and family last season in early April. Taking a page out of his own book, Aldridge struck again on Tuesday night.
Aldridge finished with 29 points on the night, but none bigger than his five-point outburst in the final 4.5 seconds.
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