NBA: Blazers get 97-92 win to take game 3 over the Mavericks

Posted Apr 22, 2011 by Austin Tyler
The Blazers had major trouble in game two and it looked like Dallas was just going to run away with this series after the 101-89 thrashing they gave the Blazers. Portland took advantage of the home crowd as they got a 97-92 win.
LaMarcus Aldridge of the Portland Trail Blazers.
LaMarcus Aldridge of the Portland Trail Blazers.
The Dallas Mavericks (57-25) came to the Rose Garden to take on the Portland Trail Blazers (48-34) for the game three. The Blazers came out with a purpose as they started the game on a good note and finished the game on the same note.
The Blazers got back-to-back three-pointers from Wesley Matthews as they jumped out to a 10-2 lead on the Mavs. The Mavs got within ten, but Matthews made two more three-pointers to make it a 16-7 lead for Portland. The Blazers pushed their lead to 22-16 with 4:05 left in the quarter on a Matthews’ layup.
The Mavs cut the Blazers lead down to 26-21 with a pair of Jason Terry free-throws. Peja Stojakovic made a layup to get the Mavs within two, but Brandon Roy made a jumper at the buzzer to give the Blazers a five game lead.
The Mavs started the second quarter on fire as they took a 37-32 lead on 14-4 run. The Blazers tied the game up at 41 points apiece with an Andre Miller layup. The Mavs took a 43-41 lead before Brandon Roy made a three-pointer to get a one-point lead.
The Blazers kept their lead after they called a timeout with 3:18 left in the half. Dirk Nowitzki made a three-pointer with .50 seconds left but the Wesley Matthews made a layup to give the Blazers a 54-52 lead going into halftime. Wesley Matthews finished the first half with 22 points in the first half.
The Mavs took an early 57-54 lead when they got a three-pointer from Jason Terry before Portland called an early timeout. The Blazers got with one when 60-59 when Andre Miller made a three-pointer after Jason Terry made one of his own. Jason Kidd made a three-pointer to give the Mavs a 65-60 lead.
Portland tied the game up at 66 points apiece with a LaMarcus Aldridge jumper. Brandon Roy then went on a 7-3 run of his own to give the Blazers a 73-72 lead. Nicolas Batum made a pair of free-throws to close the quarter out and give the Blazers a 75-72 lead.
Nicolas Batum and Gerald Wallace made back-to-back three-pointers to cap a 10-2 run that gave the Blazers an 82-74 lead. Dallas cut into the Portland lead 89-82with a Jose Barea free-throw with 5:41 left in the game.
With 2:40 left in the game Portland got a basket from LaMarcus Aldridge that gave them a 95-87 lead and forced the Mavs to call a timeout. The Mavs did not go away as they got within two on a Jason Kidd jumper that was ruled a three, but deemed a two after the refs reviewed it.
The Blazers sealed the game with a pair of Andre Miller free-throws that made it a two possession game and gave the Blazers win number one.
The Dallas Mavericks was led by Jason Terry who scored 29 points in 40 minutes of action with seven assists. Dirk Nowitzki was the only other player to score in double-digits for the Mavs with 25 points and nine rebounds. After two back-to-back big games from Jason Kidd, he only had eight points with six rebounds and five turnovers.
The Blazers was led by Wesley Matthews who scored a total of 25 points with 22 coming in the first half. LaMarcus Aldridge scored 20 points, and Andre Miller had 16 points and seven assists. Marcus Camby had 10 rebounds, but only chipped in with six points.
Brandon Roy only played eight minutes in game two and said that he had to fight back tears as he sat on the sideline in his very limited roll. Well last night Roy Answered with 16 big points off the bench in 24 minutes of action.
Portland can tie the series up with a victory on Saturday, April 23, 2011 at 5:00 PM (EST) for game four before they head back to Dallas for game five Monday, April 25, 2011.