Mavs fall to Portland in Dirk's return

DALLAS (AP) - Brandon Roy scored 23 points, LaMarcus Aldridge added 19 points and 12 rebounds, and the Portland Trail Blazers rallied in the fourth quarter for an 85-81 victory over the Dallas Mavericks on Tuesday night.

Dirk Nowitzki had 27 points and nine rebounds in his return to the Dallas lineup, and J.J. Barea added 22 points for the Mavericks, who had won six of seven.

Dallas held a 70-64 lead early in the fourth quarter but Portland came back with a 17-3 run that began and ended with 3-pointers from Steve Blake for an 81-73 lead with 3:48 left.

Nowitzki's 3-pointer with 1:16 left got Dallas as close as 83-81, and Dallas had a shot at a tie but Nowitzki's 17-footer rimmed out with 40 seconds to play.

Andre Miller's two free throws with 6.5 seconds remaining iced the victory.

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