--Officiating has taken a front-row seat in this series, with Blazers coach Nate McMillan was fined $35,000 after complaining about the calls after Game 1.
But that was hardly the end of it. When Danny Crawford was announced as an official Tuesday morning for Game 2, it made national news. The Mavericks went into the game 2-16 all-time in playoff games officiated by Crawford.
The Mavs didn't want to discuss that record or their struggles with Crawford, at least not publicly. Dallas coach Rick Carlisle called him a "great official."
The Mavs were determined not to make it about officiating.
"In playoff basketball, you got to keep a certain focus," Mavs center Tyson Chandler said. "You can't get carried away or worried about anything that's going on. I thought they (the Game 1 officials) did a good job of calling the game and we've got to do a good job of playing and keeping our head."
--The Mavs hadn't won a Game 2 since the 2006 NBA Finals, losing the previous four by an average of 17.5 points. That streak ended Tuesday night.
Dallas 101-89 win means a 2-0 series lead for the first time since that championship series. Yes, the Mavs went on to lose four straight to Miami five years ago, but being 2-0 beats 1-1.
QUOTE TO NOTE
"Some nights they go in, some nights they don't." -- Peja Stojakovic on his five 3-pointer showing in Game 2.
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