Sunday , Feb , 29 , 2004 C.Y. Ellis

Dallas Mavericks Team Report – February 29

=== Dallas Mavericks Team Report – February 29 ===

(Sports Network) – Antoine Walker scored 25 points and grabbed eight rebounds
as the Dallas Mavericks rolled to a 111-91 victory over the Portland Trail
Blazers on Saturday at the American Airlines Center. Steve Nash added 22
points and 11 assists for the Mavericks, who have won five straight.

Three other Dallas starters scored in double figures as Dirk Nowitzki netted
21 points, Michael Finley 12 and Scott Williams 11.

The win for the Mavericks was their third in a row by 20 or more points and
only the seventh this season they have done that after 17 such blowouts last

Dallas led by 18 at the half and went up by as many as 22 points in the third
quarter. Finley’s jumper made it a 70-48 contest with 11:15 left in the third.

Portland trailed 80-70 entering the fourth and a dunk by Darius Miles pulled
the Blazers to within 84-77 with 9:04 to play.

However, the Mavericks answered with a 23-11 surge to pull away for good. A
slam by Nowitzki capped the run and put Dallas up 107-88 with 1:54 to play.

The Mavericks shot 52 percent (46-of-89) from the field, but just 3-of-15 from
three-point range. Dallas was 16-of-18 from the free throw line.

Dallas, which played the fourth leg of a five-game homestand on Saturday, has
won 11 of 12 and 15 of its last 17 games at home and is 27-4 in its arena this

On the injury front rookie Josh Howard missed the game with a groin ailment.
The injury is not considered serious and could b back in the lineup for
Tuesday’s tilt against the Seattle SuperSonics.