Rick Carlislehas seen enough. The warning signs have been popping up for weeks, but on Saturday night Portland's Andre Millerwhacked the Mavericksacross the face.

Miller poured in 52 points and seemingly single-handedly carried injury-ravaged Portland to a 114-112 overtime victory over the Mavericks at American Airlines Center.

We've gotten very soft defensively as a team, Carlisle said. We were a tough-minded team the first quarter of the year, and that's gone by the wayside.

It's an attitude adjustment that we're going to have to make to get it back.

Portland was playing its sixth straight game without All-Star guard Brandon Roy, who has a hamstring injury.

The Blazers also are without Greg Oden, Joel Przybillaand Travis Outlawand were 24 hours removed from a four-point loss at Houston a game in which Miller scored two points.

I've had a few heated nights in my career, but I think this was one of those nights where I just didn't stop shooting, Miller said.

Why would he? He wound up making 22 of 31 field goal attempts and scored the third-most points ever against the Mavericks. The record is 62 by the Lakers' Kobe Bryant.

Miller poured in 45 of his points in regulation, including a running hook from just inside the free throw line with 14.5 seconds left, tying the score at 103.

But it seemed fitting that the winning basket with 44 seconds left in overtime was scored by 16-year veteran Juwan Howard, his first points of the night. That's how Portland has forged a 28-21 record despite all its injuries.

The Mavericks tried various players on Miller, including Shawn Marionfor much of the fourth quarter and overtime. After several of Miller's shots bounced around the rim and in, Marion could only shake his head and smile ruefully.

He got going early, Carlisle said. We had some blown coverages that enabled him to get going. And look, guys in this league, when they get in a groove, can have special nights like that.

You've got to give him his due. It was a phenomenal effort, and we obviously didn't do a good job on him.


Most opponent points in a game:

62Kobe Bryant@LA12/20/05
53Tim Duncan@SA12/26/01
52*Andre MillerAAC1/30/10
52*Kobe Bryant@LA3/2/08
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