YOGI Ferrell is turning out to be quite a find for the Dallas Mavericks.
On a 10-day contract with Dallas, Ferrell continued his impressive run in dropping a career-high 32 points, including a crucial triple in the clutch, to help the Mavericks recover from blowing a 24-point lead to nip the Portland Trailblazers, 108-104, at the Moda Center on Friday (Saturday, Manila time).
The Mavericks have won all four games since signing Ferrell to a 10-day pact, and the new recruit has started every game he played. Against Portland, Ferrell hit nine triples and had five assists as he got the Dallas offense going early.
Ferrell had 19 points and Wes Matthews chipped in 17 markers in the first half as the Mavs built a 24-point lead before the Blazers cut the gap to 13 at the break.
Evan Turner took charge in the third quarter as the Blazers got the deficit down to four before Seth Curry scored six straight points to get the Mavs lead back to eight entering the fourth frame.
The Blazers went on a 10-2 run to tie the game at 92 with more than four minutes remaining. But after a Dirk Nowitzki triple, Curry dropped seven straight points for Dallas to take a 102-96 lead with 1:50 to play. Portland refused to fold as Al Farouq Aminu and Turner got the Blazers back within one, 102-101, with 37 seconds left.
Ferrell and CJ McCollum traded triples to keep the slim margin in the Mavs favor, 105-104, with 14 ticks to go. Matthews sank a pair of crucial free throws to push the lead to three, while McCollum and Damian Lillard missed two game-tying three-point attempts that doomed the Blazers comeback bid.
Matthews finished with 27 points for Dallas, now at 20-30, while Curry added 19 markers. Harrison Barnes also ended up in double figures with 13.
McCollum led the Blazers (22-29) with 28 points, while Turner added 24. Lillard struggled with just 4-of-makes from the field to finish with just 13 markers.