--F Peja Stojakovic, who had averaged 7.9 points for Dallas after coming over from New Orleans at the trade deadline, was sensational Tuesday, hitting 8 of 13 shots -- including 5 of 10 from 3-point range. He finished with 21 points -- one shy of his season high -- and five rebounds in only 27 minutes.
"I approached this game like any other," Stojakovic said. "With Dirk, (Jason) Kidd and (Jason Terry) on the floor, they draw so much attention that we can move the ball around and get good opportunities.
--G Jason Kidd, after scoring an uncharacteristic 24 points in the opener, was terrific again, sinking 7 of 11 shots, including 3 of 6 on 3-pointers, while scoring 18 points with eight assists, four rebounds and no turnovers in 33 minutes in Game 2. In the two games, Kidd has made 16 of 25 shots, including 9 of 16 from beyond the arc.
"Right now, Jason has his confidence," Blazers coach Nate McMillan said. "He is looking for his shot. Normally he's a guy who is going to set up the offense. Now he's looking for that three-ball. He's an unbelievable passer and floor general, and now that he's knocking down his shot, it makes him even more dangerous."
QUOTE TO NOTE
"It's like the regular season. We lost both games (in Dallas); we won both games at home, which is what we need to do now. It's not over. We need to win both of the games in Portland." -- Blazers coach Nate McMillan after losing the first two games of the first-round series to the Mavericks.
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