PORTLAND, Ore. -- Game 3 is proving to be a sensational game through one half with the Blazers taking a 54-52 lead into the locker room.
Portland blazed out of the gates with a huge start from Wesley Matthews to lead 18-10, but Jason Terry countered to give the Mavs a 38-32 lead. Brandon Roy then came off the bench for nine points and sparked the Blazers back into the lead.
This is setting up for a finish not unlike the last two games where the dominant team in the fourth quarter will take it. That's why the Mavs have to like their position right now. They know they've been the enforcer in both fourth quarters. They know they have more offensive options and they have the ultimate weapon in Dirk Nowitzki.
Of course, this time they'll have to do it in the raucous Rose Garden, where they lost both regular season games.
Terry has 17 points on 6-of-7 shooting. He's getting in the lane again and getting to the free throw line, hitting 4-of-5. Nowitzki has 13 on 6-of-10 shooting. The Mavs are shooting 60 percent despite Jason Kidd struggling with his shot, going just 1-of-6 from 3-point range. But, thanks to Terry and seven points from Peja Stojakovic, the Mavs have faired just fine on the offensive end.
Defensively, they've give up seven fastbreak points and five 3-pointers on eight attempts. Matthews has four of them to give him a game-high 22 points. LaMarcus Aldridge has 12 points.
After six turnovers in the first quarter, Dallas had just two in the second quarter. But a bit worrisome is Kidd, who has four turnovers and is making some uncharacteristic passes that have either gone untouched out of bounds or batted away.