Mavericks thump Trail Blazers

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DALLAS (AP) - The Dallas Mavericks hadn't won eight in a row at home since the year they won the NBA championship.

On Tuesday night, they matched that mark and continued their upward trajectory in the rugged Western Conference.

Luka Doncic scored 21 points and Wesley Matthews added 17 as the Mavericks won for the ninth time in 11 games, beating the Portland Trail Blazers 111-102.

DeAndre Jordan added 12 points and 17 rebounds for Dallas, which won its eighth in a row at American Airlines Center for the first time since March 2011 - three months before they defeated Miami for the franchise's only NBA title.

"To be the team we want to be, we have to win the games at home," Matthews said. "Our attention to defense is what's really doing it for us."

That defense made it difficult for Portland's vaunted backcourt. Damian Lillard had 33 points, but shot 10 for 23 from the field and 2 for 8 on 3s. His 11-for-12 shooting from the line helped his total.

C.J. McCollum added 18 points for the Blazers, but made just 7 of 19 shots and 2 of 7 3s.

"Our guys did a great job executing the defensive game plan," Dallas coach Rick Carlisle said. "Which was not an easy game plan because we were chasing guys who are great players 30 to 40 feet away from the basket."

Lillard scored 25 of his 33 points in the second half.

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