PORTLAND, Ore. -- As miserably as the Mavs performed in the fourth quarter, it wouldn’t have mattered if Jason Terry’s shot fell at the buzzer.
“Oh, man, I thought I was going to make that one,” Terry said. “No question. It just didn’t go.”
Considering the circumstances, the Mavs couldn’t have asked for a better look. Brandon Roy contested Terry’s 3-pointer from the right wing, but it was by no means a hurried shot or desperation heave.
Trailing by two points with 27 seconds remaining, Rick Carlisle opted against extending the game by fouling. With the shot clock running down, Roy missed a 3-pointer from the top of the arc. Jason Kidd grabbed the rebound and threw a perfect outlet pass to Terry, who had leaked out after contesting Roy’s shot.
“I felt that with our veteran team and the awareness that we had, with a four-second difference or whatever it was, that we could get the ball up the court and get a look at the basket,” Carlisle said, explaining the decision not to send the Blazers to the line. “Which we did, but unfortunately it didn’t go in.”