LaMarcus Aldridge Beats Dallas Mavericks With Game-Winner (VIDEO)

by January 30, 2013
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Using a Sheed-esque turnaround jumper at the buzzer, LaMarcus Aldridge broke the Dallas Mavericks’ hearts in Portland last night. More from the jovial Blazers’ locker room, via the Columbian: “LaMarcus Aldridge, a Dallas native, saved his best to down his hometown team, hitting the game-winning jump shot as time expired for the Trail Blazers’ 106-104 victory. With a well-executed inbounds play, a flick of the wrist and a perfect jump shot, the Blazers (23-22) shook off a large second-half deficit after the Mavericks pulled ahead by 21 points. So by the time Aldridge returned to the Blazers locker room, his phone had over 20 messages on it. Just a glance and he could tell that his mother, Georgia, was about to make his cell phone battery die. ‘She’s watching (the game),’ said Aldridge, who finished with a game-high 29 points and also contributed 13 rebounds. ‘She texted me like five or six times.’ The family celebrated, the 18,888 in the Rose Garden rejoiced and even Aldridge – who so often just describes this whole NBA thing as a ‘job’ – beamed broadly as teammates bum rushed him near the Dallas bench. ‘He was smiling like a rookie after his first NBA game,’ Nicolas Batum said, describing Aldridge.”