Peja Stojakovic's 3-pointer gave Dallas a 20-point (89-69) lead with 4:24 to play. They are still playing aggressively on both ends of the court. With just over two minutes remaining, the Blazers have narrowed the lead to 91-76.
With about six minutes remaining, the Mavericks lead the Blazers 84-67. Dirk Nowitzki leads all scorers with 25 points, while Tyson Chandler continues to help the Mavericks net those second-chance points with his 11 offensive rebounds (17 total) and 14 points. Jason Kidd still hasn't scored, but he does have 12 assists and 5 rebounds
The Mavericks finally opened up a lead on the Blazers in the third quarter, going up by 12 in the final 30 seconds of the quarter. Dirk added 11 of Dallas's 31 points in the quarter and still leads all scorers with 23 points. Jason Terry (16), Shawn Marrion (14), and Tyson Chandler (13) have also scored in double figures. Chandler has also added 13 rebounds.Portland is led by Andre Miller with 16 points.
Free throws continue to be a factor for Dallas with the Mavericks shooting 20 more than the Blazers. The Mavs are 23-of-31 compared to Portland's 6-of-11.
DALLAS - Owner Mark Cuban took exception when told that Saturday's Game 4 loss to Portland was a continuation of the "emotional baggage'' the Dallas Mavericks have been carrying around since they lost to Miami in the 2006 NBA Finals.
The Mavs led the Heat, 2-0, in the '06 Finals before losing that series in six games. In '07, the Mavs won a franchise-record 67 games, but became the first No. 1 seed in NBA history to lose a best-of-seven series to a No. 8 seed when they lost to the Golden State Warriors in six games in the opening round of the playoffs.
In '08, Dallas lost to New Orleans in the first round of the playoffs. In '09, Denver eliminated the Mavs in the second round.
And last year the No. 7-seed San Antonio Spurs ousted the No. 2-seeded Mavs in the first round.
Cuban engaged in an animated discussion with reporters before Game 5 about the state of the Mavs, who have never won an NBA title.
"Every game is a unique game, every series is a unique series,'' Cuban said. "Stuff about emotional baggage, I just don't see it and don't get it and don't understand it.
"We're just going to have to have group therapy, I guess. You know my feeling on that -- the same 25 people talking to the same 25 people talking about the same 25 things.''
The Mavs have won at least 50 games in one year for 11 consecutive seasons. But they've yet to win the series that matters most to Mavs' fans.
"Maybe we should blow it up, then we can go back to the 90's when everybody gets excited when you turn it around and start winning again,'' Cuban said. "That's not my DNA.''
DALLAS _ Mark Cuban contacted the NBA about two fouls in Game 4 that he thought incorrectly went against the Dallas Mavericks during Saturday's 84-82 loss in Portland.
But the Mavs' owner said he hasn't heard back from the league.
With 2:15 left in the game and the Mavs ahead, 80-74, a basket by forward Dirk Nowitzki was wiped out when he was whislted for charging into Gerald Wallace. Cuban said he told the league Nowitzki's basket should have counted and Wallace should have been whistled for a foul.
Cuban said: “If the call goes the other way and it’s an and-1 for Dirk instead of a charge, we’re having a completely different conversation right now.''
Earlier, with 6:39 left in the game, Cuban said center Tyson Chandler was mysteriously whistled for a foul against Nicolas Batum in the open court with the Mavs clinging to a 75-64 lead. Cuban also notified the league office of that call.
Asked what is the normal response from the NBA when he notifies them of what he perceived to have been bad calls against his team, Cuban joked that it's: "Neh, neh, neh, neh, neh.''
After taking a 4-point lead, the Mavericks allowed Portland to come back late in the first half with the Blazers leading by as many as 6, with the baskets being spread around. With goals and free throws from Dirk Nowitzki and Shawn Marion in the final minute and a half, Dallas takes a slim one-point lead going into the half.
Nowitzki leads all scorers with 12 points. Tyson Chandler still only has 7 points but is up to 9 rebounds. Jason Kidd has yet to score for Dallas but does have 8 assists to his credit. Andre Miller and Nicolas Batum each have nine points for Portland.
The Mavericks had been keeping pace with the Blazers for much of the first quarter, but after Jason Terry scored to give Dallas a 15-12 lead with 3:12 left in the quarter, Portland went on a roll. With bad shots and passes for the Mavericks, the Blazers went on an 8-0 run to take a 20-15 lead going into the 2nd quarter.
Tyson Chandler still leads the Mavericks in scoring with 7 points while Wesley Matthews leads the Blazers with 6.