Final

Regular Season Series (Game 2 of 4)

Series starts 11/26

Game 1: Friday, November 26th
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Game 2: Wednesday, January 26th
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Game 3: Thursday, March 17th
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Game 4: Thursday, April 14th
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Mavericks 95

(28-13, 12-6 away)

Trail Blazers 88

(16-25, 9-9 home)

    7:00 PM ET, January 26, 2005

    Moda Center, Portland, OR

    1 2 3 4 T
    DAL 22 32 18 2395
    POR 15 24 32 1788

    Top Performers

    Dal: D. Nowitzki 24 Pts, 15 Reb, 6 Ast, 2 Stl, 2 Blk

    Por: D. Stoudamire 22 Pts, 7 Reb, 6 Ast, 2 Stl

    Dirk posts sixth double-double in eight games

    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- When Dirk Nowitzki rested, the Trail Blazers played catch-up. When he was on the court, Portland played keep-up.

    Nowitzki had 24 points and 15 rebounds -- his sixth double-double in the last eight games -- to lead the Dallas Mavericks to a 95-88 victory over the Blazers Wednesday night.

    The Blazers briefly took the lead after Nowitzki rested late in the third quarter, then tried in vain to regain it in the final period.

    Zach Randolph hit a pair of free throws for Portland to trim the margin to 84-83, but the Mavericks wouldn't let them get closer. The Blazers rallied again with 1:38 left when Darius Miles made a pair of free throws to get Portland within 89-88.

    Miles missed a 5-foot jumper with 53.7 seconds left, and Jerry Stackhouse hit a driving layup to make it 91-88 with 31 seconds left. Nowitzki made four free throws for the final margin.

    Nowitzki said he rolled his ankle a bit in the third quarter, explaining his four-minute break, but wouldn't take credit for the victory.

    So his coach did.

    "He came back in and gave us a big lift. It looked like when Dirk went out their eyes got as big as a Christmas tree. They really went on a big run and took the lead, so Dirk came back and really led the team," acting coach Avery Johnson said.

    Dallas has won 11 of its last 14 games.

    The Mavericks, who opened the brief two-game road trip with a 97-87 loss to the Los Angeles Clippers on Monday, also got 22 points from Michael Finley.

    Dallas' Josh Howard remained out with back spasms, so Stackhouse started at forward for the fourth time this season and scored 20 points.

    Portland was led by Damon Stoudamire with 22 points. Joel Przybilla had 10 points and 10 rebounds.

    The Trail Blazers snapped a six-game losing streak with a surprising 107-99 victory over San Antonio on Monday. They did it without Randolph, their top scorer who had missed five games with a bruised knee.

    Randolph was back against the Mavericks, but did not start. Miles, who had swelling in his knee after the Spurs game, also played but did not start.

    "It's frustrating," Portland forward Ruben Patterson said. "How can you beat the best team in the league then come back and play like this against Dallas? I'm so disappointed right now I don't have much to say."

    The Mavericks jumped ahead 31-19 on Finley's 3-pointer, but the Blazers went on an 11-2 run to come to within 33-30 on Randolph's jumper and free throw.

    But Dallas' Jason Terry and Finley each hit quick 3-pointers to stretch the margin to 39-30. The Blazers could not catch up, and were jeered by some in the Rose Garden crowd when they trailed 54-39 at the half.

    Finley's 3-pointer put the Mavericks up 64-53 midway through the third quarter, and Nowitzki sat for the next four minutes. During that span the Blazers went on an 11-4 run to close to 68-64.

    Portland briefly took a 71-70 lead on Stoudamire's 3-pointer.

    "When Dirk went out we were a little bit stagnant offensively," Finley said. "Everybody looked around and it was just one-on-one instead of a team concept. When he came back in they started to double team him and we found the open man and made them pay."

    Game notes


    Former Blazer Qyntel Woods, waived by the team on Friday when he pleaded guilty to misdemeanor animal abuse, was picked up Wednesday by the Miami Heat. ... The Mavericks are 4-1 with Johnson filling in for coach Don Nelson, who had surgery on his right shoulder last Thursday. ... The Blazers were without guard Derek Anderson for the second straight game because of dental work. ... Randolph said he was about 80 percent healed, and probably would not practice on Thursday.

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    Team Stat Comparison

     
    DAL
    POR
    Points 95 88
    FGM-FGA 36-80 (.450) 34-84 (.405)
    3PM-3PA 8-20 (.400) 5-16 (.313)
    FTM-FTA 15-17 (.882) 15-29 (.517)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 7-47 11-42
    Assists 32 23
    Turnovers 16 13
    Steals 8 9
    Blocks 8 4
    Fast Break Points 18 6
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 21 (4/0) 16 (2/0)
    Largest Lead 15 2

    Top Performers

    Dallas
    Portland
    Dirk Nowitzki Nowitzki
    Points: 24
    Reb: 15
    Ast: 6
    Stl: 2
    Blk: 2
    Damon Stoudamire Stoudamire
    Points: 22
    Reb: 7
    Ast: 6
    Stl: 2
    Blk: 0