Final / OT

Regular Season Series (Game 2 of 4)

Series starts 1/3

Game 1: Tuesday, January 3rd
Trail Blazers81Final
Game 2: Sunday, January 22nd
Trail Blazers89
Game 3: Tuesday, March 7th
Trail Blazers87Final
Game 4: Thursday, March 9th
Trail Blazers92

Mavericks 95

(31-10, 16-6 away)

Trail Blazers 89

(14-25, 10-11 home)

    6:00 PM ET, January 22, 2006

    Moda Center, Portland, OR

    1 2 3 4 OT T
    DAL 22 17 26 14 1695
    POR 15 26 19 19 1089

    Top Performers

    Dal: J. Stackhouse 29 Pts, 3 Reb, 2 Ast

    Por: Z. Randolph 23 Pts, 11 Reb, 5 Ast, 1 Stl

    Mavericks top Blazers in OT for fifth straight

    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- The Trail Blazers slowed down Dirk Nowitzki. Dallas' Jerry Stackhouse and Devin Harris proved far more difficult to stop.

    Stackhouse scored 29 points and Harris made key plays in overtime to lead the Mavericks to a 95-89 overtime victory over Portland on Sunday night.

    Dallas, which won its fifth straight, led by many as 10 points in the fourth quarter, but Portland narrowed it to 77-73 on Steve Blake's 3-pointer with 2:59 left. No one scored until Blake's next 3-pointer with 44.9 seconds left to bring Portland to within 77-76.

    After a pair of free throws for Dallas with 14 seconds to go, Blake badly missed on another 3-pointer, only to get the ball back and make a rushed 3 to tie it at 79 and send the game into overtime.

    Stackhouse's layup and free throw made it 84-81 for the Mavericks with 2:27 in the extra period.

    Blake answered with another 3-pointer to tie it at 84. After Harris' layup for Dallas, Zach Randolph had his own to knot it at 86.

    After a Portland timeout, Blake was headed downcourt when Harris swiped the ball and ran back for a layup. Fouled by Blake, he made his free throw to put the Mavericks up 89-86 with 41.7 seconds to go.

    Harris made two more foul shots with 28.6 seconds left and Dallas led the rest of the way.

    "Devin's play was the play of the game. To be able to take a gamble like that just shows the confidence in his ability. Then to go down and convert the shot like he did to give us a 3-point play was huge for us," Stackhouse said.

    Harris had eight of his 15 points in overtime.

    Nowitzki had 23 points for Dallas, which won its franchise-high eighth straight against Portland.

    "Obviously Dirk's going to be featured most of the nights, but he's not going to have it every night, so we've got other guys that can do the job," Stackhouse said.

    Randolph had 23 points and 11 rebounds to lead the improving Trail Blazers, who had won four straight for the first time since 2003-04.

    Blake and Juan Dixon each had 20 points for Portland, which kept the Mavericks under defensive pressure, snapping the team's streak of six straight games with at least 100 points.

    "I thought we were aggressive," Trail Blazers coach Nate McMillan said. "We made them work for the most part."

    Stackhouse, who missed the first 26 games with a sore right knee, has come off the bench in his 15 games.

    The Trail Blazers, coming off a 96-94 victory over Toronto on Wednesday, fell behind 24-15 early in the first half and McMillan scolded second-year forward Travis Outlaw as the teams came down the floor: "C'mon, get down! Go to work!"

    Outlaw responded with a dunk and the Blazers went on to narrow the deficit, tying it at 34 on Randolph's hook shot and free throw.

    Portland went on to lead 41-39 at the break, holding Nowitzki to just six points in the half.

    Stackhouse had two consecutive 3-pointers and a layup to give the Mavericks a 65-60 lead to start the fourth quarter.

    "This is starting to become who we are. We feel that we are going to win these games and have the wherewithal to sustain anything any team throws at us," Stackhouse said.

    Game notes

    The Mavericks beat Portland 95-81 earlier this month. ... Dallas hasn't lost to the Blazers since falling 97-88 at the Rose Garden on Dec. 23, 2003. ... One of the biggest crowd outbursts of the night came when it was announced that the Seattle Seahawks were headed to the Super Bowl after beating the Carolina Panthers, 34-14. Seattle has a great deal of fan support from the Portland area, and Blazers owner Paul Allen also owns the Seahawks.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 95 89
    FGM-FGA 33-82 (.402) 35-86 (.407)
    3PM-3PA 5-13 (.385) 6-14 (.429)
    FTM-FTA 24-33 (.727) 13-16 (.813)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 15-45 18-51
    Assists 15 16
    Turnovers 13 17
    Steals 9 1
    Blocks 4 6
    Fast Break Points 20 6
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 20 (1/0) 28 (1/0)
    Largest Lead 10 3

    Top Performers

    Jerry Stackhouse Stackhouse
    Points: 29
    Reb: 3
    Ast: 2
    Stl: 0
    Blk: 0
    Zach Randolph Randolph
    Points: 23
    Reb: 11
    Ast: 5
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 0