Mavs don't make up any ground

PORTLAND, Ore. -- This marathon road trip can't end soon enough for the Mavericks.

Of course, it's essentially over with a quarter remaining to play at the Rose Garden.

The Mavs failed to trim the Trail Blazers' 15-point halftime advantage. Portland actually padded the lead a little bit, 85-67, as the Mavs endured another ugly offensive frame.

The Mavs are sputtering toward their third consecutive loss and their eighth in a row against Western Conference playoff teams.

At this point, the Mavs might as well sit the starters and get the team jet warmed up.