The Mavericks have torched Portland from beyond the 3-point line through two games, knocking down a combined 18 shots from beyond the arc. Jason Kidd was the beneficiary with six in Game 1, with fellow 30-something veteran Peja Stojakovic draining five in Game 2 on Tuesday night.
Dallas is getting open shots via the drive-and-kick game, with shooters spotted up around the arc ready to let in fly off penetration. The Blazers have yet to figure out a way to slow that down.
"The basketball is getting to the paint, which is forcing the defense to collapse, and we're losing these guys on the 3-point line." McMillan said. "Jason Kidd, Stojakovic, again (in Game 2) had a good night shooting the ball from 3."
Portland keying on Dirk Nowitzki has also opened up shooting lanes for the Dallas' bombers. Even though Nowitzki hasn't shot it well in this series, the Blazers can't afford to cheat off one the league's premier scorers.
This is an intelligent group and (Portland) did a lot of switching on the pick-n-rolls and Dirk was always getting a mismatch, so they doubled on him and I was able to get open and was able to make those shots tonight," Stojakovic said.
The series shifts to Portland for the next two games. Game 3 is Thursday at the always raucous Rose Garden.
"We know that they are a very good home team, so we wanted to hold home court here and go up there with a 2-0 lead, but this series is far from over," Nowitzki said. "They play well at home, they make shots, and they play tough D, so we've got to be prepared for a tough game on Thursday."
MAVERICKS 101, BLAZERS 89: Peja Stojakovic came off the bench to score 21 points as Dallas pulled away in the fourth quarter to take a 2-0 first-round series lead. Dirk Nowitzki added 33 points, 15 coming at the foul line. Jason Kidd added 18 points and eight assists. LaMarcus Aldridge (24 points and 10 rebounds) led the Blazers, who led much of the first half but were never able to pull away.
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