In their wins in games one and two, the Mavericks won thanks in large part to their outside shooting as they averaged nine made three-point field goals and shot 47.4 percent from behind the arc.
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On Monday, Dallas made just 3-of-17 from downtown, but still won thanks to 20 offensive rebounds which led to 17 second-chance points and 40 points in the paint.
Game footage confirmed the Mavericks grabbed 41.7 percent of their missed shots, their second-best performance on the offensive glass all season.
Thirteen of those 20 offensive rebounds came from Tyson Chandler, who grabbed more offensive boards than the entire Trail Blazers team combined.
His 13 offensive rebounds were just two shy of tying the NBA playoff record set by Moses Malone in 1977. In fact, over the last 20 seasons, Shaquille O'Neal is the only other player who has he grabbed as many as 13 offensive rebounds in a playoff game (O'Neal had 14 in 1995).
Chandler grabbed a total of 20 rebounds, joining Dirk Nowitzki as the only Mavericks in the last 20 seasons with at least 20 rebounds in a playoff game. He also added 14 points, after scoring 16 in the first four games combined.
Speaking of Nowitzki, he led the Mavericks with 25 points, including 11 during the third quarter in which Dallas turned a one-point lead into a double-digit advantage.
RoyAs for Portland, the team's success has been directly linked to Brandon Roy's performance. On Monday, the Trail Blazers were minus-18 with Roy on the floor.
In the three losses, Roy is just 3-for-15 from the floor and is averaging 2.3 points per game. In the two wins Roy was great, averaging 20 points per game on 65.2 percent shooting from the field.
After leading the Trail Blazers back into Game 4 with a series of isolation plays in the second half, Roy was not able to convert a single isolation opportunity in the second half of Game 5. Video footage showed Roy has not made a shot on an isolation play in the second half of any Blazers loss this series.
Historically, this win should bode well for the Mavericks. The winner of Game 5 in a best of seven series tied 2-2 goes on to win the series 84.5 percent of the time.
Even better for the Mavericks, the team with home-court advantage goes on to win 91.7 percent of the time after winning Game 5 of the series. But as Portland showed in Game 4, you can never count the Blazers out.