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Dallas wins series 4-2 (Game 3 of 6)

Dallas wins series 4-2

Game 1: Saturday, April 16th
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Mavericks89
Game 2: Tuesday, April 19th
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Game 3: Thursday, April 21st
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Game 4: Saturday, April 23rd
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Game 5: Monday, April 25th
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Game 6: Thursday, April 28th
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Mavericks 92

(57-25, 28-13 away)

Trail Blazers 97

(48-34, 30-11 home)

    Coverage: TNT

    10:30 PM ET, April 21, 2011

    Moda Center, Portland, OR

    1 2 3 4 T
    DAL 23 29 20 2092
    POR 28 26 21 2297

    Top Performers

    Dallas: J. Terry 29 Pts, 1 Reb, 7 Ast, 1 Stl

    Portland: W. Matthews 25 Pts, 2 Reb, 3 Ast, 2 Stl

    Brandon Roy sparks Blazers, who trail 2-1 in series

    Associated Press

    PORTLAND, Ore. -- Before Thursday night's playoff game against the Dallas Mavericks, Portland Trail Blazers guard Brandon Roy got a text message from Charles Barkley.

    The text encouraged Roy to keep his "head up, have fun out there and stay positive."

    Roy, who has struggled in the second half of the season after double knee surgery, had lamented about how he was being treated after playing limited minutes in Game 2.

    Boosted by his family and dozens of encouraging texts such as Barkley's, Roy came off the bench and scored 16 points to help the Blazers to a 97-92 victory.

    The win narrowed Dallas' lead in the first-round series to 2-1.

    "I was playing tonight. I was in go mode," Roy said. "I didn't worry about nothing else. I didn't worry about playing time, I didn't worry about who was playing. When it was my time I was going."

    Wesley Matthews had 25 points and LaMarcus Aldridge added 20 for the Blazers, who host the Mavericks in Game 4 on Saturday afternoon.

    The Mavs and Blazers split their regular-season series, with each team winning at home twice.

    Portland has won 11 of its past 12 at the Rose Garden. Overall against Dallas, the Blazers have a 47-18 advantage at home in the regular season, and they are 7-1 in playoff games.

    Reserve Jason Terry had 29 points for the Mavericks, including five 3-pointers. Dirk Nowitzki added 25 points and nine rebounds.

    The Blazers led by as many as 13 points in the fourth quarter, but Nowitzki hit consecutive jumpers to make it 87-81 midway through the period.

    J.J. Barea's layup closed the gap to 93-87. Aldridge answered with a jumper for the Blazers, but Nowitzki came back after a free throw with a turnaround jumper to make it 95-90 with 42.8 seconds left.

    Jason Kidd made a long jumper with 12.9 seconds to go but Dallas ultimately couldn't catch Portland.

    Roy, who touched off a minor controversy over the comments he made after playing just 8 minutes in Game 2, came into the game with 2:17 left in the first quarter to a standing ovation. He made a 21-foot jumper to give the Blazers a 28-23 lead heading into the second.

    The three-time All-Star underwent arthroscopic surgery on both knees in mid-January. Upon his return, Roy struggled to find his place with the Blazers.

    And after sitting for much of Game 2, Roy voiced his frustration to The Oregonian newspaper.

    "I'd be lying if I said I wasn't a little hurt or disappointed," Roy told the paper. "I just always thought I would be treated a little better. That was a little disappointing for me."

    Before Thursday's game, Roy apologized for the comments, saying he was caught up in the emotion of the loss.

    "I wasn't nervous," Roy said afterward. "The fans were really supportive. They were cheering for me before I went in the game. That's really big for me. We've been through a lot together and to know that they still have my back was great for me tonight."

    Coach Nate McMillan wasn't surprised.

    "This is a guy we know is capable of producing, and tonight he did that," McMillan said.

    Terry's 3-pointer to open the second quarter gave the Mavericks a 31-28 lead, and Nowitzki capped an 11-4 run with a 10-foot jumper that made it 37-32.

    But Portland, elevated by the home crowd, came back to tie it at 41 on Andre Miller's layup. The Blazers went ahead 44-43 on Roy's 3-pointer.

    Portland held the lead until Nowitzki's 3-pointer tied it at 52, but Matthews' layup gave the Blazers a 54-52 advantage at halftime.

    Matthews had 22 points in the first half. Terry, whom coach Rick Carlisle sent in off the bench early, led the Mavs with 17.

    "Our problems began at the beginning of the game when we got off to a very poor start and their aggressiveness put us on our heels," Carlisle said.

    Terry's 3-pointer gave the Mavs a 57-54 lead, but both teams wrestled back-and-forth throughout the third quarter.

    Portland went ahead 85-74 in the fourth after consecutive 3-pointers from Batum and Gerald Wallace.

    "We hang our hat on defense," Terry said. "We gave up 95 points to this team, which we hadn't done in the first two games. That's the reason why we lost.

    Dallas is 2-1 overall when it has opened a 2-0 lead in 15 previous best-of-7 series. The exception was the 2006 NBA Finals, when the Miami Heat defeated the Mavericks in six games. The Heat were just the third team to claim a championship after trailing 0-2.

    The last time Dallas and Portland met in the playoffs was 2003. The Mavs claimed the first three games before the Blazers won the next three. The Mavericks took the deciding game in Dallas.

    Game notes


    At the shootaround before Thursday's game, McMillan was asked what he told his team first thing that morning. "Win, baby. Win," was his reply. ... Matthews' four 3-pointers in the first quarter matched the team playoff record for a quarter, held by Terry Porter and Rudy Fernandez. ... Aldridge received the team's inaugural Maurice Lucas Award for the player that best represents the true spirit of Lucas, the former Blazers player and assistant coach who died in October after a battle with cancer. ... Dallas' Tyson Chandler fouled out with 7:24 left.

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    Team Stat Comparison

     
    DAL
    POR
    Points 92 97
    FGM-FGA 35-68 (.515) 36-75 (.480)
    3PM-3PA 9-22 (.409) 8-14 (.571)
    FTM-FTA 13-23 (.565) 17-21 (.810)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 7-37 7-37
    Assists 16 18
    Turnovers 16 10
    Steals 4 8
    Blocks 3 6
    Fast Break Points 7 10
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 22 (1/0) 20 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 5 13

    Top Performers

    Dallas
    Portland
    Jason Terry Terry
    Points: 29
    Reb: 1
    Ast: 7
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 0
    Wesley Matthews Matthews
    Points: 25
    Reb: 2
    Ast: 3
    Stl: 2
    Blk: 0

    Research Notes

    NEXT LEVEL: Blazers coach Nate McMillan stressed for his team to push tempo and get out in transition against the Mavericks, and his team was able to do that with efficiency in Game 3. Portland shot 5-6 in transition, scoring 16 points on 10 transition opportunities (1.6 pts per play). Eight of the Blazers' points in transition came off live-ball turnovers, as the Mavericks often struggled to take care of the ball.
    NEXT LEVEL: Wesley Matthews scored a playoff career-high 25 points, doing most of his damage on catch-and-shoot plays. Matthews scored 16 points in the first quarter (all but two off the catch), including nine in transition, to help give the Blazers an early five-point lead. Wesley Matthews Catch-and-Shoot Plays Game 3 vs Mavericks FG 5-7 3-pt FG 4-6 Pts 14<< Pts per FGA 2.00 >>All came in first quarter
    NEXT LEVEL: After playing only eight minutes in Game 2, Brandon Roy played 24 in Game 3 and made a big impact. Roy scored or assisted on 26 of the Blazers' 56 points (46.4 pct) while he was on the floor. The Blazers scored 41 points in the other half of the game he was on the bench. Brandon Roy Points Created Game 3 vs Mavericks Minutes 24 Pts 16 Pts from ast 10 >>26 of Blazers' 56 pts while on floor
    Nate McMillan was fined $35k for comments made about the officiating in Game 1 vs the Mavericks. Looking at the disparity, maybe he had a good reason to complain. The Mavs shot 19 free throws compared to just 2 for his Blazers in the final 12 minutes. Dirk Nowitzki had as many free throw attempts in the 4th quarter as his team did the entire game.
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