Dallas wins series 4-3 (Game 6 of 7)

Dallas wins series 4-3

Game 1: Saturday, April 19th
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Game 2: Wednesday, April 23rd
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Game 3: Friday, April 25th
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Game 4: Sunday, April 27th
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Game 5: Wednesday, April 30th
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Game 6: Friday, May 2nd
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Game 7: Sunday, May 4th
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Mavericks 103

(60-22, 27-14 away)

Trail Blazers 125

(50-32, 27-14 home)

    7:30 PM ET, May 2, 2003

    Moda Center, Portland, OR

    1 2 3 4 T
    DAL 24 14 28 37103
    POR 27 37 33 28125

    Top Performers

    Dal: S. Nash 21 Pts, 1 Reb, 6 Ast, 3 Stl

    Por: Z. Randolph 21 Pts, 10 Reb, 2 Ast

    Blazers can make history with one more win

    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- The Portland Trail Blazers not only have momentum. They're confident, too, of their chances of making NBA history.

    Dirk Nowitzki

    Dirk Nowitzki scored just four points in the Mavs' Game 6 loss.

    After pounding the Dallas Mavericks 125-103 Friday night to force a decisive Game 7 in the their first round playoff series, someone scrawled a bold comment in the locker room.

    "Pac for Sac,'' it said on the memo board. Meaning Sacramento.

    With a win in Game 7 Sunday, the Blazers would become the first team in NBA history to overcome an 0-3 deficit in a best-of seven series. Portland would then head straight to Sacramento to get ready for Game 1 of the Western Conference semifinals against the Kings.

    With Friday's win in Portland, the Blazers became just the third team in league history to force a Game 7 after losing the first three. The others were Denver against Utah in 1994 and New York against Rochester in 1951.

    "Once you get down 0-3, it's kind of tough. Some teams would maybe want to give up,'' forward Bonzi Wells said. "But we just told ourselves if we take it one game at a time, why can't it be us? Why don't we be the team to make history?''

    Zach Randolph had 21 points and 10 rebounds, Ruben Patterson scored 20, Bonzi Wells added 18 and Arvydas Sabonis had 16 for the Blazers, who led by as many as 32 and had six players in double figures.

    Mavs guard Steve Nash, who didn't score in Game 4 and had just seven points in Game 5, had 21 points and six assists for the visibly stunned Mavericks.

    Dirk Nowitzki, who has four double-doubles in the series, had just four points. Both he and Nash went to the bench in the third quarter and watched dejectedly the rest of the way.

    Afterward, Nash's focus turned to Game 7.

    "For me, I think we just need to believe,'' he said. "We go in Sunday and we believe in ourselves and we battle with our backs against the wall. There is no question in my mind we can win that game.''

    Blazers guard Scottie Pippen, who missed three games of the series with a sore left knee but guided the offense to a 103-99 victory in Game 5, did not start but was suited up on Portland's bench.

    When he finally made an appearance with 1:42 left in the third quarter, Pippen drew some of the loudest applause of the night -- and he responded with a 10-foot jumper that put the Blazers up 95-63, drawing even more enthusiastic cheers.

    Pippen said he had personal reasons for wanting to come in, even though the Blazers had a huge lead.

    "I didn't want a DNP-CD,'' said Pippen, referring to the acronym for Did Not Play-Coach's Decision. "I wanted to get out there and get a couple of minutes in and try to get a little rhythm.''

    The Mavericks came out with the energy expected of a team one win away from advancing. Nash, perhaps eager to show that his scoring slump was over, opened with a 3-pointer and held his finger up as if say it was the first of many.

    The Mavs went up 18-11 in the first quarter on Michael Finley's 17-foot jumper, but it wouldn't last.

    "The bottom fell out after that, and it wasn't much of a game,'' coach Don Nelson said.

    The Blazers rallied with a 12-3 run to take a 23-22 lead on Sabonis' slam dunk, then

    Portland went on to outscore the Mavs 23-5 to take a 46-27 lead on Patterson's fast-break layup -- and the Blazers' bench went wild.

    Portland did suffer a blow in the first half when center Dale Davis suddenly came up limping while running down the floor. Davis went to the locker room and was later reported to have a strained groin. He did not return, but the injury was not believed to be serious.

    Game notes

    The Mavs have not lost four straight since March 2000, which is what it would take to lose the series. ... Portland guard Derek Anderson, who injured his left knee in Game 2 and required arthroscopic surgery, lightly worked out with the team at Friday morning's shootaround. He had no noticeable limp, but a visible scar on the knee. ... Dallas is just 10-46 at the Rose Garden. The Mavs won Game 3 against the Trail Blazers in Portland, but before that they had lost 13 of 15. ... In attendance was Carmelo Anthony, who recently declared himself eligible for the NBA draft after leading Syracuse to its first NCAA title.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 103 125
    FGM-FGA 39-92 (.424) 49-82 (.598)
    3PM-3PA 9-17 (.529) 4-9 (.444)
    FTM-FTA 16-21 (.762) 23-25 (.920)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 17-32 14-45
    Assists 26 32
    Turnovers 11 16
    Steals 6 3
    Blocks 2 6
    Fast Break Points 5 4
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 23 (1/0) 22 (3/0)

    Top Performers

    Steve Nash Nash
    Points: 21
    Reb: 1
    Ast: 6
    Stl: 3
    Blk: 0
    Zach Randolph Randolph
    Points: 21
    Reb: 10
    Ast: 2
    Stl: 0
    Blk: 0