The Portland Trail Blazers are once again over .500 for the second time in the past four days. The Blazers started the season on a rough note and had to overcome a six-game losing streak that put them under .500 after a 20-15 start.
Besides the recent rough patch, the Blazers have been a solid contender in the Western Conference and with rookie point guard Damian Lillard at the helm, the team is in good hands.
Lillard is having a rookie of the year type season, averaging close to 19 points and six assists per game.
On Tuesday night, the Blazers hosted the Dallas Mavericks and a 21-point third quarter deficit made a winning record look like it would have to wait a couple more games to achieve.
However, the Blazers went on an incredible run in the fourth quarter to make it a game. With just 4.9 seconds left, LaMarcus Aldridge made his first three-pointer of the season to tie the game at 104. Seconds later, the Mavs’ O.J. Mayo was called for an offensive foul that gave Portland the ball back with under two seconds to play.
The play was drawn up and it was obvious: feed the hot hand. That’s exactly what Portland did as they passed the ball in to Aldridge about 10 feet from the basket and drilled the jumper to hive his team a two-point lead with 0.2 seconds left, seemingly ending the game.
This is the kind of momentum swing that the Trail Blazers need to get a win streak going and get back to their winning ways.