Our Play of the Week is all about the Dallas Mavericks getting picked on by LaMarcus Aldridge, which was our Play of the Day from Wednesday.
The situation here was that the Dallas Mavericks led by 21 points against the Portland Trail Blazers in the third quarter on Tuesday night. We have seen this situation before, haven’t we? Portland stormed back to even take the lead temporarily in the fourth.
Portland was down, 101-98, when Nic Batum made a three-pointer to tie the game with 28 seconds left. Then Dirk Nowitzki took the lead back with a three-pointer of his own with 11 seconds left. Portland put in Luke Babbitt for outside shooting purposes. Instead, the ball ended up in Aldridge’s hands behind the arc. Aldridge put up the three-pointer with four seconds left and sheepishly smiled after making the game-tying three.
This was followed by a tough offensive foul call on O.J. Mayo after he ran over Ronnie Price, who seemed to have gotten there late. There were only 1.5 seconds remaining and the game was tied at 104. This set the stage for Aldridge.
Aldridge made a game-winner against Dallas last season. Would he do it again? You betcha. Aldridge got the ball and made a fadeaway jumper, a very similar shot that he made last season against the Mavericks. After he made it, Aldridge smiled before the Blazers mobbed him.
It was quite a play and the best play of the series of clutch shots both teams made. Whoever got the ball last would win the game. And this time, LaMarcus Aldridge got the ball last. That play wins our Play of the Week.