Mavericks Vs. Blazers, Game 5: Dirk Nowitzki And Dallas Rebound From Game 4 Collapse, Win 93-82

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Mavericks Vs. Blazers: Tyson Chandler The Hero In Game 5 For Dallas

Dirk Nowitzki and the Mavericks put Saturday's collapse behind them in Game 5, as the German sharpshooter scored 25 points and pulled down eight rebounds to lead Dallas to a 93-82 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers in this Western Conference quarterfinal series.

While Dirk gets the usual credit, the player of the game for Dallas was really Tyson Chandler, who scored 14 points and pulled in 20 rebounds (13 offensive).

Dallas blog Mavs Moneyball still found plenty more of praise to pass around.

Doing his point guard voo doo magic was Jason Kidd, who registered more assists (14) than the entire Portland team (13). Shawn Marion contributed 14 points and four steals, and Jason Terry quietly scored a solid 20 points off the bench to round out the list of players in double figures.

Blaxers fans don't want you to get any ideas. "The score is not really representative; the Blazers never really challenged in the second half of this game, as no player ever took control," says Blazer's Edge. Of course, they also pointed out certain statistical discrepancies on the evening:

Off Reb: 20-9 Dallas
FT's: 35-19 Dallas

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Mavericks Vs. Blazers: Dirk, Chandler Refuse To Let Dallas Lose In Game 5

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Dirk Nowitzki and the Mavericks put Saturday's collapse behind them in Game 5, as the German sharpshooter scored 25 points and pulled down eight rebounds to lead Dallas to a 93-82 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers in this Western Conference quarterfinal series.

Dallas held Portland to 19 points in the fourth quarter, one more than Brandon Roy scored himself during Game 4's final quarter.

Tyson Chandler finished with his first double-double of the postseason, scoring 14 points and grabbing 20 rebounds. He also kept a lid on LaMarcus Aldridge, who was held to a series-low 12 points.

Dirk Nowitzki scored 11 of his 25 points in the third quarter, when the Mavs stretched their lead from one to 12 points.

Jason Kidd's14 assists made up for his poor shooting and Jason Terry scored 20 points on 8-of-16 shooting.

Dallas blew a 23-point lead in Game 4's 84-82 loss, falling back into a tie in the series. But Monday's frontcourt performance and shutdown defense in the fourth quarter has the Mavs headed back to Portland holding a 3-2 series edge.

Game 6 is scheduled for Thursday night.

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Mavericks Vs. Blazers: Dirk Dirk Nowitzki Pours It On, Mavs Lead By 12 Heading Into Fourth

With one quarter to play, the Mavericks have a chance to get back on track in Game 4 and their series against the Trail Blazers.

Dirk Nowitzki continued his aggressive force and resembled the Dirk from Games 1 and 2. He had 11 points in the third quarter alone and currently has a game-high 23.

Tyson Chandler has also made his presence felt with 13 points and 13 rebounds. It the first double-double of his postseason. Shawn Marion has 14 points and 4 rebounds.

Dallas is working with a 36-27 rebounding advantage, 15-7 on the offensive glass and have taken 31 free throws, compared to Portland’s 11.

Andre Miller leads the Blazers with 16 but he and the other Portland players will need to kick it into that extra gear to come back.

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Mavericks Vs. Blazers Score: Dirk Nowitzki Leads Way As Mavs Hold 44-43 Advantage At The Half

Following the trend of their NBA playoff series thus far, the Dallas Mavericks and Portland Trail Blazers matched each other stride-for-stride in the first half. Heading into the break, the Mavericks hold a two-point advantage after Shawn Marion hit two free throws with under a minute to go.

Dirk Nowitzki led all scorers with 12 points in the first half. Jason Kidd failed to score a point, but dished out eight assists and grabbed four rebounds for the Mavs. Jason Terry was his usual, solid self off the bench, scoring nine first half points and providing a lift in relief, as he has all series. Marion had eight points while Tyson Chandler had a seven points and a team-leading nine rebounds in the half.

Andre Miller led the way with nine points and five assists in the first half. Wesley Matthews, Gerald Wallace and LaMarcus Aldridge each scored six points in the half. Nicolas Batum came off the bench to add nine points, but Brandon Roy struggled after his Herculean performance in Game 4, scoring just two points on 1-5 shooting in the first half.

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Mavericks Vs. Blazers, Game 5: Can Dirk Nowitzki And Dallas Rebound From Game 4 Collapse

Saturday night's Game 4 between the Portland Trail Blazers and Dallas Mavericks was all about Brandon Roy. The lead-up to Monday's Game 5, though, has been all about the Dallas Mavericks. How will they respond to blowing a 23-point lead and letting Roy score at will on them down the stretch? Will the ghosts of past playoff collapses continue to haunt Dirk Nowitzki and company?

We'll find out for sure at 8 p.m. on NBATV. But in a rush to paint a clear storyline, we're forgetting that Game 4 probably won't have much to do with Game 5. The Blazers can't possibly count on another performance like that out of Roy, not without the home court to lift him. Conversely, the Mavericks probably can't count on the Blazers' abysmal shooting for most of the game, so Game 4 was really just a bunch of anomalies coming together. 

We then have to try to find trends from Games 1-3 to figure this one out. In Games 1 and 2, the Mavericks were just too strong down the stretch. In Game 3, it was Portland that was able to execute and make the necessary plays to win. Game 5 is back in Dallas, so that would seem to favor the Mavericks. But of course, little in this series has made sense.

The Mavericks need to continue to do a good job of defending the Blazers on the three-point line. However, they'll have to also supplement that with better defense in the paint. In particular, Tyson Chandler needs to pick up his play. According to NBA.com's StatsCube, the Blazers are shooting 70 percent at the rim with Chandler in the game. With Portland's three-point shooting so inconsistent, it's imperative for Dallas to also prevent easy looks at the rim.

Be sure to check out our Mavericks vs. Blazers hub. For more on Portland, visit Blazer's Edge. For more on Dallas, visit Mavs Moneyball and SB Nation Dallas.    

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