How it happened: The Mavericks built a double-digit lead and didn’t give the Trail Blazers life in the fourth quarter this time.
One game after the Mavs blew a 23-point lead, they held the Blazers without a field goal for a stretch of 7:32 in the fourth quarter. Portland was held to 19 points in the fourth -- one more than Brandon Roy had by himself during the phenomenal final frame in Game 4.
Center Tyson Chandler simply wouldn’t let the Mavs lose this one.
Chandler played with seemingly endless energy from the opening tip. He finished with his first double-double of the postseason, scoring 14 points and snatching 20 rebounds (13 on the offensive glass). He also shut down Portland star LaMarcus Aldridge, who was held to a series-low 12 points on 6-of-15 shooting.
Dirk Nowitzki had a normal offensive night by his standards. He scored 11 of his 25 points in the third quarter, when the Mavs stretched their lead from one to 12 points.
Jason Kidd played a key role in the win despite an off shooting night. His 14 assists more than made up for the fact that he missed six of seven shots he attempted.
Jason Terry had his second efficient offensive game of the series. He scored 20 points on 8-of-18 shooting, the first time he’s had 20 in a playoff win since Game 3 of the Mavs’ 2008 series against the Hornets.
What it means: The Mavericks held serve on their home court and can rest assured that their season won’t end in the Rose Garden. They have a chance to close out the series in Game 6 if they can win in Portland for the first time this season, which would end an eight-game postseason road losing streak. With the convincing win, the Mavs hushed talk that their Game 4 collapse would have a lingering effect, a question given the potential emotional baggage from their recent playoff woes.
Play of the game: Shawn Marion got in the passing lane to steal an Andre Miller pass and started a fast break that Terry finished with a layup, part of an 8-2 run that gave the Mavs a double-digit lead in the third quarter. The play was symbolic of the type of energy the Mavs played with, particularly during the third quarter.
Stat of the night: The Mavs are 13-0 this season when Nowitzki shoots at least 10 free throws. That includes their three wins this series.