The Portland Trail Blazers and Dallas Mavericks are locked in a tight battle at the half in a game that's beginning to feel like deja vu. Throughout the series, the Blazers and Mavericks have played back-and-forth games, with Dallas pulling away at the end. After Portland took an early lead, the Mavs came right back, closing the gap to two headed into the half, 54-52.
Wesley Matthews is still on a tear for the Blazers, scoring a game-high 22 first half points. Just a few days after complaining about his minutes, or lack thereof, Brandon Roy has made the most of his time, coming off the bench to score nine points on 4-5 shooting. LaMarcus Aldridge was also in double-figures with 12 points.
Jason Terry has been a super-sub for the Mavs, scoring a team-high 17 points in the first half. Dirk Nowitzki scored 11 points in the second quarter after only scoring two in the first to push his total to 13 for the game. Peja Stojakovic has seven points and Brendan Haywood has six points. Haywood even managed to hit rim on a free throw attempt and then some, making two of his four attempts in the first half.